The defense of the faith should be…

The defense of the faith should be of a scholarly kind. Mere denunciation does not constitute an argument; and before a man can refute successfully an argument of an opponent he must understand the argument that he is endeavoring to refute. Personalities, in such debate, should be kept in the background; and analysis of the motives of one’s opponents has little place.

J. Gresham Machen, quoted in The New Mormon Challenge, Francis Beckwith

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