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About the Author
Dr. Jason Lisle is the Director of Research and a featured speaker and writer for the Institute for Creation Research. He previously served as the Planetarium Director for the Creation Museum in KY. Dr. Lisle has also authored a number of books which include: Taking Back Astronomy, The Ultimate Proof of Creation, Old-Earth Creationism on Trial, and The Stargazer’s Guide to the Night Sky.
Dr. Jason Lisle holds bachelor of science degrees in physics and astronomy from Ohio Wesleyan University, as well as a master’s and PhD in Astro-physics from the University of Colorado in Boulder. As a creation scientist Dr. Lisle effectively communicates a broad range of topics from in-depth presentations of distant starlight, Einstein’s relativity, and problems with the big bang to topics from astronomy and general science to apologetics and dinosaurs.
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The author mainly focused on deductive arguments, but he also covered inductive arguments. He spent a chapter on each of the most frequent logic fallacies committed in the creation/evolution debate and then quickly covered some lesser used ones in another chapter. He explained what the fallacy was then gave some examples (both made up and common real ones) and explained why the argument didn't work. The explanations were very easy to follow and used everyday language with a sprinkling of logic terminology.
I think even just memorizing the examples would give a person the confidence to speak up in many situations. At the end, there were two practice sessions: four chapters with questions in one chapter and the answers (identifying the logic fallacy and giving the explanation of why it doesn't work) in the next. The first set was one-sentence theoretical arguments and the second used short paragraphs taken from actual pro-evolution articles.
I'd recommend reading "Discerning Truth" before "The Ultimate Proof." I felt like I didn't have to think as hard with "Discerning Truth" to remember and apply the logic lessons. So, if you read this first, you won't be quite as overwhelmed by all the material covered in "The Ultimate Proof." If you've read "The Ultimate Proof," this book will help reinforce the logic lessons given there.
I'd highly recommend this book to high schoolers and adults. Since this book had a respectful tone, I'd also feel comfortable handing this book to someone whose confidence in evolution is based on the faulty arguments covered in this book.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
Reviewed by Debbie from ChristFocus Book Club
Lisle's purpose for Discerning Truth is simple. Explain the logical fallacies that are used frequently in the creation/evolution debate.
In order for an argument to be effective, it needs to be logically sound. Using illogical arguments, called fallacies, can invalidate the entire premise that one is trying to prove.
And so, Jason Lisle address many of the more common fallacies found within the creation/evolution discussion. Most of these are used by evolutionists who are trying to defend their position; however, creationists are not free from faulty logic either.
Lisle digs deeply into ten major fallacies, examining them closely, so that the reader will be able to recognize them in the context of discussions. Another chapter highlights briefly a few more fallacies. Lisle wraps it up with a couple of "quizzes", allowing the reader to test whet he has learned.
All in all, this is very useful information, and necessary for much more than just the origins debate.
I had the opportunity to discuss creation/evolution with a business owner in my town the other day. She was firmly planted in the evolution camp; while I am very strongly vocal about my young earth creation viewpoint. I wish I had read Discerning Truth before that conversation, because looking back on it, I now recognize several logical fallacies that this shop owner used in her discussion with me. Had I been more aware of logic, I could have possibly been more effective in my answers to her.
I recommend that you pick up this resource, not just for use in discussions concerning origins, but so that you can use logic and reason in all of your discussions. Such thinking is definitely needed within our culture today.
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Of course, you can also apply the same to Creationists so as not to commit the same type of logical fallacies in your arguments.