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Come, Let Us Reason: An Introduction to Logical Thinking Paperback – August 1, 1990
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Geisler and Brooks have written a great text and its only real (possible) flaw is that it is written from a conservative Christian viewpoint. Myself a Christian, I do see problems with people who will unfairly rate this book low or not give it a fair reading because of the overtly Christian stance. With that said, this is also the book's strength, because many Christians need to learn logic and may turn to this book because of the Geilser and Brook's religious position.
The chapters on "informal fallacies" and "scientific thinking" are extremely well written for the primer level. This book is great from start to finish.
The authors explain syllogisms and differentiate between a valid conclusion and an invalid conclusion. They also distinguish validity from actual truth (valid conclusions are not always actually true in reality; they are merely logically based on the premises presented). That's the stuff addressed in the first 90 pages.
But the best part (and most enjoyable for me)began with chapter 6, "Informal Fallacies." This section was lighter reading. Since this is an election year, it would be a study in itself to compare political commentaries and supposed answers to questions with the logic presented in this volume!
Since the authors are serious students of Scripture and Geisler is a celebrated Theologian, most of their examples come from familiar Bible texts or theological issues. Although I have stronger convictions about Sovereign Grace than do the authors, I really found their examples useful in the realm of hermenutics (Bible interpretation). They are solid defenders of an inerrant Bible and ethical interpretation.
If you want to brush up your thinking skills, this might be a good place to start. "Fit Bodies, Fat Minds" by Os Guiness persuades us that the use of the mind has been neglected in evangelical communities, and Geisler and Brooks have written a work to help properly activate those little grey cells. Not really an easy read, and not for everyone, but a meaningful mind stretcher.
Furthermore, it exasperates me when reviewers like Truth seeker "a reader from NY" say that they are surprised to see that this is a book that assumes/promotes Christianity. Or when other reviewers like John L. Davis say that the use of biblical references is distracting. Duh! Look at the back cover and see what the book is about and who the author is! This is one of those "logic texts intended explicitly for Christians." Geisler is "one of evangelicalism's most prolific writers." This is a book written by two Christians for a Christian audience. And do you know where the title "Come Let Us Reason" comes from? (Hint: the Bible.) So don't gripe that this book assumes a Christian worldview.
Now, for Christians: Anti-intellectualism is one of Satan's strategies that have made the church ineffective. Geisler's book combined with a good textbook on biblical hermeneutics will enable the Christian to recognize and combat deception and fallacies, and appropriate God's truth.
By reading this book, you'll know what a "straw man fallacy" is. Accusing Geisler with something he didn't say is an example.Read more ›
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Though I don't describe myself as a Christian anymore, the book has helped provoke many of the faith to think more logically, which will only add to their credibility.Published 7 months ago by Dustin
Just started this class 2 weeks ago. Email me at the end of July then I will better be able to rate the book.Published 8 months ago by Sophia Freeman
This is a challenging and worthy introduction to logical thinking. My first experience diving into logic and Norman Geisler has presented the information in a way I am able to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joel Johnson
Great intro course on logic even for non-Christians! I owned it in Logos and wanted the hard copy version.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
for those looking to understand logical language and logical discussion rules and systems, this is a great read.Published 19 months ago by W. Sid Vogel
Everything about the book is great. good condition. only that it was not described in the details that there was lots of highlighting and writing on the pages.Published 19 months ago by caleb
Logic is a lost art in our time- even among Christians. This is a challenging tool for developing your mind and reclaiming your ability to THINK coherently in a world that, as Ravi... Read morePublished 19 months ago by LF