Discerning Truth: Exposing Errors In Evolutionary Arguments

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Every day Christians are faced with an increasing onslaught of criticism from evolutionists for their belief in God and His glorious creation. What do you say when your faith is challenged by those claiming to speak in the name of science or reason"

Discerning Truth provides a practical and engaging resource on the use of logic in this critical debate.

Filled with anecdotes from both creative examples and ...

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Overview

Every day Christians are faced with an increasing onslaught of criticism from evolutionists for their belief in God and His glorious creation. What do you say when your faith is challenged by those claiming to speak in the name of science or reason"

Discerning Truth provides a practical and engaging resource on the use of logic in this critical debate.

Filled with anecdotes from both creative examples and real-life illustrations that help clarify logical issues in apologetics.

Become skilled at distinguishing sound arguments from emotionally-charged rhetoric.

Helps any believer refute evolutionary perspectives.

Lisle believes that creationists need to be able to recognize and refute evolutionist arguments, and to do so in a way that both honors God and lines up with the truth of His Word (Eph.5:l). The role of logic, the study of correct reasoning, is becoming a vanishing skill in our society. Yet it is a vital tool in assisting Christians in assessing the weaknesses in evolutionary thought. Here is the clear and concise guide for every believer in defending your faith in the face of adversity.

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780890515945
  • Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 433,562
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Introduction 11

1 Reification 15

2 Equivocation 19

3 Begging the Question 23

4 Question-Begging Epithet 33

5 Complex Question 39

6 Bifurcation 43

7 Ad Hominem 47

8 Faulty Appeal to Authority 53

9 The Strawman Fallacy 59

10 Formal Fallacies 65

11 Other Fallacies 75

12 Assorted Examples 87

13 Assorted Examples - Answers 93

14 Real-world Examples 101

15 Real-world Examples Answers 115

Appendix: Alternate Names of Fallacies Including Latin Names (in Italics) 131

Glossary 133

About the Author 137

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

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    Discerning Truth

    At first glance, the book Discerning Truth: Exposing Errors in Evolutionary Arguments by Dr. Jason Lisle, may appear to be about the idea of creationism, but it is actually a book on logic. Rather than explaining the theory of evolution and covering the proofs against evolutionary theories, this book simply goes over the basics of logic. The sub- titile might be a bit misleading. This is simply a condensed logic text using the evolutionary theory as an example. After reading this book, the reader will not be informed at all whatsoever about anything having to do with evolutionary theory or the errors of the theory of evolution. If you are looking for a book about to educate yourself about the main ideas or proofs behind creationism, this is certainly not the book you are looking for.

    This book may be good supplimental text for a student studying the field of logic. It provides a good summary of various argumentative strategies and their errors and explanations of how they may be used. For anyone studying for an exam in logic or even the LSAT perhaps, this book may be a useful tool. The final chapters offer examples of various logical fallacies and it is up to the reader to identify the specific logical concept/ logical error behind each. As a blogger for New Leaf publishers I recieved a copy of this book for review and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

    Intelligent faith is not an oxymoron

    Christianity and intelligence. Faithful and rational. Creation and logic. Belief and brains.

    Our culture usually likes to portray each of those pairings as oppositional. Paradoxical. Contradictory.

    And I hate to say it, but Christians don't always help themselves in this regard. As I've reviewed some homeschool curriculums as we think about the future, I've found many of them to be watered down versions of secular ones with a God stamp added in. On a mommy online forum I used to frequent, I was hesitant to jump into faith discussions because the Christians there were often playing into the got-Christ-not-brains stereotype that unbelievers had. Sermons are dumbed down. And so on, and so on.

    Dr. Jason Lisle isn't one of those Christians. This book isn't perfect but it is intelligent. It's all about logic and rhetoric. (If I were still involved with debate groups, I would make this assigned reading for my students, even though sections are a bit dense.) He doesn't shy away from difficult principles in logic or philosophy, but he doesn't water them down either. Each chapter is brief, most around four or five pages long, making it easy to digest in small pieces. He includes two chapters of examples of logical fallacies for readers to analyze (plus answer keys for each), and he acknowledges that creation proponents sometimes use flawed arguments too.

    (The FTC requires that I disclose that New Leaf Publishing Group provided this book for me to review. NLPG, however, required nothing from me and didn't ask me for a positive review or anything else.)

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