Not sure if this thread should be here or non-Catholic religions. :o
Often times in reading about the experience of experienced apologists, they’ll recount tales of talking to door-to-door non-Catholic missionaries. I notice that they seem to have a knack for asking pointed questions that cut through all the smoke and make the missionary stop and think.
Whenever I read these stories, I think to myself, “Boy, I never would have thought to ask that questions.” It seems to me that, no matter how much knowledge you have of the faith, there are more effective and less effective ways to actually convey it. This has always been a difficulty for me, especially when faced with situations where you have to think quickly on your feet.
So my question is, are there any simple pointed questions you have either used yourself or heard other people use that cut through the smoke to allow the light of truth to penetrate?
Of course, I realize that it is the Holy Spirit who ultimately converts and we can’t “argue” people into the faith. I also realize that differing situations would likely necessitate different questions (i.e. you would speak differently to a Mormon than to a fundamentalist). But I think there are good and not-so-good questions to pose to door-to-door missionaries, some of which might be more or less universal.
Any suggestions would be helpful! Thanks!