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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Canon Press; 4th edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591280338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591280330
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.3 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James B. Nance has taught at Logos School since 1990, where he currently teaches logic, rhetoric, calculus, physics, and Christian doctrine. He is also the author of Intermediate Logic for Christian and Home Schools. James and his wife Giselle have four children.

Douglas J. Wilson holds an M.A. in philosophy and is pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, board member of Logos School, and editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine. He is the author of several books on classical Christian education, including Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, Repairing the Ruins: The Classical and Christian Challenge to Education (editor), The Paideia of God and Other Essays on Education, and The Case for Classical Christian Education. He and his wife Nancy have three children and nine grandchildren.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 2000
Format: Spiral-bound
I used this program with a gifted sixth grader this year. He found it interesting and challenging. That's pretty unusual! Since there are only 28 exercise sets, there was only just enough practice to begin to learn the concepts. I would like to see a lot more practice included for those of us who use it as a year's course in logic.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Learned Fool on October 31, 2001
Format: Spiral-bound
In a day where feelings are often thought to be more important than truth, Christians need to be prepared. This book begins that process. Taking the basics of formal logic from a Christian perspective, this Mars Hill text is easy to use and is suited for ages 13+. The explanation of concepts is done adequately, and the review exercises are helpful in mastering each lesson. There is also a book on intermediate logic to supplement the ideas learned in this introduction. This book has been written for Christians, so non-Christians may have a different opinion on its quality than I do. However, I would highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to begin learning formal logic.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Gilmore on December 8, 1999
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Well written material based on a Christian format. This will challenge you to think and reason your arguments. It is challenging for High School, but fun and interesting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Nelson on September 25, 2010
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Outstanding book. Excellent approach to logic. Makes logic very understandable. I highly recommend this book for Jr. High and high school. It is also a great book for adults who have not had this subject. I have BS and masters degrees, but have never had a class in logic. I am loving studying this with my Jr. High daughter. It is written at a level that she can easily understand, yet is very interesting and educational for me, too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on May 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
In "Introductory Logic: Student" one discovers a practical and effective system of logic for students designed to help young people rationally navigate through the maze of irrationality promoted by the post modern worldview. Relativists attempt to dominate the culture, academia, and the marketplace and thinking parents should teach their kids critical thinking skills and logic. Herein Douglas Wilson (pastor of Christ Church, Logos School board, and successful public debater) and James Nance (author: "Intermediate Logic for Christian and Home Schools") furnish a potent tool to help equip students in the art of logic. This volume is basic and straightforward as it is written from the perspective of Christian theism; it is especially useful for home school and tutoring.

In this exceptional introduction to logic one discovers How to:

- Discern and apply of the art of logical thinking and the utility of a Christian system of reasoning
- How to "think God's thoughts after him" as Van Til taught
- Learn and affirm the only immutable and rationally consistent wellspring of logic: Christian Theism
- Identify essential types of assertions
- Form a valid syllogism employing premises and conclusions
- Distinguish and classify informal fallacies.

The authors are Christian school and home school advocates whereas they place a powerful and truly helpful text in the hands of Christian and non-Christian families. Each section has instructive review questions and logic drills and it makes an outstanding resource for Middle School and High School students, or even adults who aim to grow in rational precision.
Review written by Mike A Robinson author of the Children's book: "Presuppositional Apologetics for Kids" ("Who Made Truth") found at the site: Mike A Robinson.
or try my book for adults:
Letter to an Atheist Nation: Presupositional Apologetics Responds To: Letter to a Christian
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cyber Gypsy on November 22, 2011
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This was my first book on Logic. Since reading and doing all of the exercises in this text my interest in, and fascination with, logic has grown enormously. As a complete beginner, this text was not that easy to follow, and I needed some help from Wikipedia and other sites. Since then I have been reading many other logic texts, and I like The Discovery of Deduction, which is less "dry" and has a lot of interesting background information about logic, but this one is more difficult for children as it is very wordy. The Nance books are more mathematical, and I guess it depends what you like. But I am really glad I bought Introductory Logic and completed the entire course, as I feel as though it has really improved my thinking skills. I intent to introduce it to my children, and will use both this book and Discovery of Deduction workbook together.
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