Figures of Reasoning:
A Primer on Appeals to Logos for the

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Joe Carter

Joe Carter founded Evangelical Outpost in 2005. He is the web editor for First Things and an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. A fifteen-year Marine Corps veteran, he previously served as the managing editor for the online magazine Culture11 and The East Texas Tribune. Joe has also served as the Director of Research and Rapid Response for the Mike Huckabee for President campaign and as a director of communications for both the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and Family Research Council. He is the co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicaton.

  • John

    This is a really cool project, Joe. I hope people respond through the roof.

  • brad

    OK Joe,
    What form does the “Therefore, render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar and to God what is God”. The passage goes:
    1. Should we pay the temple tax?
    2. Give me a coin, whose image is on the coin
    3. Therefore, render to Ceasar the coin and God your life.
    I think the implied principle is owners “brand” their image on their possessions. Therefore…

  • Joe Carter

    Hey Brad,
    I agree that it’s an enthymeme. I would say it is a truncated syllogism of this form:

  • Items that bear the image of an entity ultimately belong to that entity. (Major premise – omitted)
  • The coin bears Caesar
  • brad

    I am tracking you back over at The Dialogical Coffee House. This is great..

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    Answer: We use new media as the Socratic academy.
    Setting: The virtual classroom

  • Dave

    Thankyou very much for taking the time to put this list up.
    I am sure it will help those of us who are keen to participate, but not as familiar with the terminology.

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