More than a simple logic textbook or a list of arguments to use against creationists, Discerning Truth hones in on the use of logic in apologetics. Short chapters focus on common evolutionary fallacies, including reification, equivocation, begging the question, question-begging epithet, bifurcation, a faulty appeal to authority, and more. A section of real-life examples (with answers) allows you to practice spotting these logical fallacies. 135 pages, softcover.
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This book is not exclusively on creation\evolution as may appear. It is, in fact, a philosophy book. Dr. Lisle presents many common logical fallacies people use and explains way they are in error and how to spot them. He then applies these principles to the creation\evolution debate. The principles in this book, however, are important tools for rational thought that all people will benefit from in all areas and not just in the origins debate. It's short, yes, but well worth the money. You'll be smarter after reading it (unless, of course, you are pretty philosophically knowledgeable already and then it's still a great way to brush up on your logic). I highly recommend this book to everyone.
"Discerning Truth" is a Christian apologetics book about the use of logic in evaluating arguments for and against the Christian faith. It specifically focused on the arguments made in the Biblical creation versus evolution debate. While most of the examples were of faulty arguments for evolution, the author also pointed out faulty arguments that Christians sometimes use.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 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.