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Ethos, Pathos, Logos. According to Aristotle, these three categories represent the different ways of arguing in favor of one’s position. Ethos is an appeal based on one’s character, by means of a good reputation, or by being an expert in their field. Pathos is an appeal to the listener’s emotions. And Logos is an appeal to logic. They are each important in rhetoric, and experience shows that they are equally important in their powers of persuasion. From the university classroom to the television in our living rooms, we are constantly bombarded with attempts at persuasion based on Ethos, Pathos, and Logos.

Each of these categories is persuasive because they appeal to some essential part of human nature. We are attracted to those who are an authority on a given subject, or who exhibit generally upright behavior. News stories appeal to our emotions in order to persuade. And logic continues to be the presupposed basis for western education. We can’t escape the influence of arguments based on these criteria no matter how hard we try or how much we try to convince ourselves that we prize one over another. To rely on appeals from each of these three categories is part of what it means to be fully human.

Likewise, the goal of this blog is to offer an appeal for the truth of Jesus Christ and His claims as found in the Bible. Here, you will encounter the Ethos, Pathos, and Logos of Christianity through personal stories, reflections, arguments, research, and discussion. Christianity, as one Christian thinker has said, has one great advantage in its interaction with other systems of belief–reality. The Christian faith is a full one, speaking to the depths of every part of human existence. It is this robust, all-of-life Christianity which this blog seeks to set forth. Though it aims to defend the historic Christian faith, it is by no means an apologetics blog, but rather an attempt at showing the comprehensive nature of Christianity and its claims through the thoughts and lives of three men who have given up everything and followed Christ.

We aim to show the Ethos, Pathos, and Logos of Christianity in order to persuade you to live in such a way as to magnify and love Christ more deeply with your all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Enjoy, and leave a comment!

Andy, Brian, and Mike

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