Archive for the ‘Logic & Rhetoric’ Category

What if a Doctrine Feels Wrong?

When universalists look at the idea of people going to hell, they often have an emotional reaction. The idea of people going to hell ought to provoke an emotional reaction, and the number of missions agencies and the fact that people continue to join them and support them shows just what people are willing...
August 6th, 2013 | Apologetics, Logic & Rhetoric, Philosophy | Read More

On Smart Christianity: Not Just Interesting Ideas

There is not really a “beyond” in Christian theology, given that everything that we learn in Sunday school is still true when systematic theology rears its dogmatic head. It is impossible to transcend the basics. Although there is a “mere Christianity” that all Christians hold...
July 18th, 2013 | Apologetics, Logic & Rhetoric, Protestant, Religion, The Gospel | Read More

Question from Harry Potter: Is It Real or Just in My Head?

Editor’s note: This week, we’re running a series on questions, inspired by Matthew Lee Anderson’s book, The End of Our Exploring. We reviewed his book here. There’s a great deal going on this week: buy one copy of Matt’s book, and you can give one away for free. Check...
July 9th, 2013 | Art & Literature, Education, Logic & Rhetoric | Read More

Fun With Logic

This post could also be titled Boring The Audience To Death, or perhaps How To Lose Readers In 15 Seconds Or Less.  So, here is my brief apologetic for the worthiness of this post.  First, this is kind of a book review.  Second, logic is extremely important, yet too often neglected.  Whether you...
September 11th, 2012 | Logic & Rhetoric, Philosophy | Read More

A Sack of Spin

. A recent article by Kevin Sack concerns pre-abortion ultrasounds, and whether they might or might-not affect a woman’s decision. But he wrote another article simultaneously–one about how only cold, cruel extremists insist that clinics provide ultrasounds. Impressive. Sack’s article is composed...
June 7th, 2010 | Abortion, Culture, Logic & Rhetoric, Media, Politics, Reproductive Technologies | Read More

Intentional Ambiguity: Telling it Slant

In the recent inaugural episode of Barak Wright’s arts and culture podcast, The Sandbox Monthly, Ken Myers talked about the dearth of genuine speech on the radio. Real conversation is full of starts and stops, hesitations, and the kind of awkwardness not found in the canned speech of radio personalities,...
December 7th, 2009 | Art & Literature, Logic & Rhetoric, The Gospel | Read More

Logic, Anyone? (Part I)

The most common arguments for abortion rest on fallacious logic. This is not to say that every argument for abortion invokes faulty logic. However, in my experience traveling to many US college campuses and dialoging about abortion, studying abortion ethics at Oxford, and interning at the Yale Bioethics...
October 22nd, 2009 | Abortion, Logic & Rhetoric | Read More

How to Argue Like Jesus – by Joe Carter and John Coleman

Joe has written a book! How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History’s Greatest Communicator by Joe Carter and John Coleman Joe sent me a note about the book in which he said: “Argue Like Jesus, which was written for both Christians and non-believers, uses Jesus as a model...
January 6th, 2009 | Logic & Rhetoric, Other Religions | Read More

The Five Fallacy Categories:
How Not to Argue (Part III)

[Note: This is the 3rd entry in the How Not to Argue series. See also Heuristics and Hyperbole and No True Scientist.] Although an argument free of fallacies is not always good, a good argument is always free of fallacies. While that chiastic assertion may not be completely true (or even fallacy-free)...
August 7th, 2007 | Logic & Rhetoric | Read More

Walt Whitman and the Dim Dhimmi:
Truth, Tolerance, and Non-Contradiction

On Sunday mornings, Rev. Ann Holmes Redding puts on the white clerical collar of an Episcopal priest and stands for prayers at St. Clement’s of Rome Episcopal Church in Seattle. But after noon on Fridays she dons a black hijab and kneels for prayer with other Muslims in the Al-Islam Center. Redding,...
June 21st, 2007 | Logic & Rhetoric | Read More