Archive for the ‘Logic & Rhetoric’ Category

To Reason Why:
Making Sense of Our Reason-Giving

[Note: This post originally appeared in April 2006. But recent news stories--particularly on abortion, Iraq, immigration, and the presidential campaigns--made me think it was a topic worth revisiting.] “I wish he would explain his explanation,” wrote Lord Byron in response to the obscurantist...
May 31st, 2007 | Logic & Rhetoric | Read More

Jesus the Logician (1 of 4)

[Note: Two years ago I started a collaborative blog project titled "Jesus the Logician." Although a number of bloggers made invaluable contributions, the idea never caught the imagination of "godbloggers" as I hoped it would. Since I'm working on a writing project that incorporates this theme, I thought...
February 12th, 2007 | Logic & Rhetoric | Read More

The ‘Jesus the Logician’ Project (2 of 4)

[Note: This is an open invitation to a challenging but worthy project. Although the post is rather lengthy, it provides necessary background material and information on how to proceed. I hope you'll read through it carefully and decide to join us in this exciting task.] “Few today will have seen...
February 12th, 2007 | Logic & Rhetoric | Read More

The ‘Jesus the Logician’ Project — Main Index (3 of 4)

[Note: This is the main index page for the 'Jesus the Logician' Project consisting of both a scriptural and logical/rhetorical forms indices. To add a post to this page send the link to jpcarter@evangelicaloutpost.com]
February 12th, 2007 | Logic & Rhetoric | Read More

Figures of Reasoning:
A Primer on Appeals to Logos for the ‘JTL’ Project (4 of 4)

Although most evangelicals are thoroughly familiar with the discourses of Jesus, we may not be as well-versed in the terminology associated with reasoning and rhetoric. In order to aid in this process, I’ve used the resources at Silva Rhetorica to compile a list of figures of reasoning. While these...
February 12th, 2007 | Logic & Rhetoric | Read More

The Syllogisms of Seinfeld:
The Connections Between Logic and Humor

There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth. — Victor Borge At first glance it might appear that humor and logic belong to completely separate spheres. Humor is playful, lively, and unbounded by procedural standards. Logic, in contrast, is serious, strict,...
February 5th, 2007 | Logic & Rhetoric | Read More

No Consensus on Consensus:
How Not to Argue (Part III)

[Note: This is the third entry in the “How Not to Argue” series.] “The question of what to do about climate change is also still open,” wrote Naomi Oreskes in a 2004 article in the journal Science. “But there is a scientific consensus on the reality of anthropogenic climate change. Climate...
December 4th, 2006 | Logic & Rhetoric | Read More

No True Scientist:
How Not to Argue (Part II)

[Note: This is the second entry in the How Not to Argue series.] In his 1975 book Thinking About Thinking, philosopher Anthony Flew outlined a form of argument that he dubbed the “No True Scotsman”fallacy: Argument: “No Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge.” Reply: “But my...
July 31st, 2006 | Logic & Rhetoric | Read More

To Reason Why:
Making Sense of Our Reason-Giving

“I wish he would explain his explanation,” wrote Lord Byron in response to the obscurantist poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Like Byron, we often find ourselves unsure of why people provide the explanations they do; an explanation of the explanation is needed. In his new book “Why?”...
April 20th, 2006 | Logic & Rhetoric | Read More

Heuristics and Hyperbole:
How Not to Argue (Part I)

“Experience keeps a dear school,” said Ben Franklin, “but fools will learn in no other.” Unfortunately, experience�s curriculum is comprised almost exclusively of tests. That is why fools like me tend to have rudimentary knowledge about what to do while possessing a Pavlovian...
December 1st, 2005 | Logic & Rhetoric | Read More