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About the Author

Isaac Watts was born in Southampton England, on July 17, 1674. His father had served several prison terms because of his non-conformity. In 1702 Watts became pastor of Mark Lane Chapel, a large Congregational church in London. Although ill health forced his virtual retirement within a few years, the congregation insisted that he remain pastor as long as he lived. Watts was a highly gifted man, admired by Anglicans and non-conformists alike. He served as a private tutor, and many of his books reflect his educational concerns. His knowledge and writings cover a broad spectrum of topics, such as philosophy, singing, piety, and even popular children s poetry. Watts wrote prodigiously, and is most known as the author of over 750 hymns. On the day of Watts s death, Matthew Arnold declared Watts s When I Survey the Wondrous Cross to be the fines hymn in the English Language. Others include O God, Our Help in Ages Past and Jesus Shall Reign Where er the Sun. Isaac Watts died on November 25, 1748 and was buried in the non-conformist burial ground at Bunhill Fields.
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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Soli Deo Gloria Publications (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573580554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573580557
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A. Scott Cunningham on February 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is probably not the book to read if one is looking for an introduction to the elementary principles of logic. Not because it is lacking in substance, but rather, the 18th century syntax will probably be too difficult for the less serious reader. But, for that reader who is willing and able to find a quiet cozy spot and finds meditating on ideas for hours on end pure bliss, this book will not disappoint. It is more than merely an elementary textbook on the rules of argumenation. The first 150 pages consist of Watts laying forth a theory of metaphysics which accounts for the nature of ideas, their objects, and the role of the senses in the collection and cultivation of knowledge. I found the book to be fascinating, precisely because Watts is such a careful and deep thinker. Regardless of whether one agrees with his metaphysical presentations of the nature of ideas, one cannot help but recognize that he was truly a gifted and brilliant thinker. Though he was mistaken on a number of theological and philosophical formulations, nevertheless, he stands (to me) as a wonderful example of one who knew of the aesthetic joy of thinking as a hobby and a habit. Buy this, find a cozy and quiet spot in a neighborhood pub or coffeeshop, and endulge yourself with this sweet little book.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By David E. Vreeland on November 15, 2001
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Isaac Watts' Logic and his companion volume The Improvement of the Mind are among the most extraordinary books I've ever read. The way in which Dr. Watts systematically approaches the subject of reasoning and search for the truth in common or theological matters is unique and very thought provoking. This is a book that ought to be read by many more people.
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46 of 60 people found the following review helpful By mrswoody on July 1, 2002
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While is true that you can't make someone believe, even in the face of insurmountable evidence, when they have already firmly chosen not to believe, in spite of the evidence, it is a sad day when someone, (for previously formed opinions?) bashes a book based on bad evidence. The reviewer who wrote "Based on 18th century axioms, since proven false" is himself making a false statement. His claim that the Bible (did he even read it?) is not infallible because it was written by liars might be a good argument had his second premise ("we can conclusively deduce that liars wrote the Bible") been true. But it is not. The Bible does not claim to be written by men, it claims to be written by men under the inspiration of God (the Holy Spirit - second person of the Trinity). There is a big difference. (Maybe not if don't believe in - or at least acknowledge the work of the Holy Spirit.) But even if you don't believe in the Holy Spirit, the Bible still does not claim to be authored by men alone, as the reviewer claims. Although I do agree with his first premise ("all men tell lies") his arguement still does not show that all men lie all the time, therefore it would not follow that the men who wrote the Bible were necessarily lying at the time they were writing the Bible. Also, if we took his premise that the Bible is written by liars because all men are liars, does it not follow that we could not believe what he has written (or the authors he recommends) because they to would be liars. How then could we ever believe anything anybody ever says?
Would it not be better (and more honest) to simply say "I do not like this book because I do not believe in God"?
The reviewer has not given us any reason to reject Mr. Watts premise that the Bible "ought to be our final rule". Therefore, Mr.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Langdon on September 27, 2013
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It is hard to believe that this was the standard textbook used in primary schools. Have we really become that "dumbed" down that this book seems more appropriate for a university level course? I am sure that as secularism took over the school system this book and course were forced out. If logic, like in the book, were still taught in the school system the average atheists would not even have a platform. His fallacy laden arguments would be easily exposed and corrected by school age children.

The book explains concepts and gives definitions to help the reader better understand logic. I love the simple examples, and often biblical ones, that the author uses to illustrate his points. Some of the language may be a little outdated as words change meaning over time. There were parts that were a little dry, but overall a good read. The book closes with practical advice for those engaging in debate.

My favourite quote from the book, and argument used against the skeptic/agnostic is:

"Whatsoever is dictated to us by God Himself, or by men who are divinely inspired, must be believed with full assurance. Reason demands us to believe whatsoever divine revelation dictates; for God is perfectly wise, and cannot be deceived; He is faithful and good, and will not deceive His creatures; and when reason has found out the certain marks or credentials of divine testimony to belong to any proposition, there remains no farther inquiry to be made, but only to find out the true sense and meaning of that which God has revealed, for reason itself demands the belief of it."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By danl on June 9, 2013
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There was a reason this book was required reading in prestigious universities for decades. In particular, it spends a fair amount of time teaching how to look at information critically, discerning what is plausible from what is not.
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