I remember Nabeel Qureshi saying that before he was Christian he heard Dr. William Lane Craig debate with an Islamic scholar and he felt the Islamic scholar won simply because he was more passionate - it had nothing to do with the argument. Nabeel’s American friend was quite convinced Dr. William Lane Craig had won because of his impeccable logic. Nabeel probably did not even realize that one of his sources of authority was the passion of the speaker - but it was…
Different sources of authority may include culture, tradition, family, mood, a holy book, story, social harmony, reason or a complex mix of these sources.
Does anyone have experience speaking across source of authority boundaries? Did you find any particular method to communicate across sources of authority well (stories, for example)? How did you change the illustrations, logic and examples that you used?
I understand that the Scriptural foundation for this would be becoming like a Greek to the Greek and a Jew to the Jews, but I am curious about how others have both recognized that someone had a different source of authority and then adapted their approach.