One right was of asking men to believe…

There is only one right way of asking men to believe, which is to put before them what they ought to believe because it is true; and there is only one right way of persuading, which is to present what is true in such a way that nothing will prevent it from being seen except the desire to abide in darkness; and there is only one further way of helping them, which is to point out what they are cherishing that is opposed to faith. When all this has been done, it is still necessary to recognise that faith is God’s gift, not our handiwork, of His manifestation of the truth of life, not of our demonstration by argument or of our impressing by eloquence.

John Oman, quoted in Why Good Arguments Often Fail by James Sire, p. 186

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