Many logic textbooks are good at giving you the rules for symbolic logic, but you usually have to get another textbook on “practical” logic to learn how to actually object to arguments in plain language. An objection is a reason that you can give for denying the premises in an argument. Providing objections is how… Continue reading Reductio Ad Absurdum Arguments
In the previous two posts, I introduced logical symbols and eight basic rules of logic. This post will introduce four more valid rules and talk about what’s called a conditional proof. Now that we know some rules of logic, it’s important that I introduce a couple of more conventions and show how to format arguments in… Continue reading Conditional Proofs
In the last two posts we’ve looked at the grammar and syntax of John 1:1, and also the four different ways Oneness Pentecostals can interpret John 1:1c. In this post, I’m going to discuss the Definite-Personal (D-P) interpretation of John 1:1c and say why I don’t think this is a good interpretation. If you recall… Continue reading The Definite-Personal Interpretation of John 1:1c
Now that we’ve explored what grammar and syntax are, and how John 1:1 is organized, we are going to begin looking at John 1:1c in more depth. There are four ways that Oneness Pentecostals can interpret this part of the verse, so it’s important to take a careful look at all of them.
The purpose of this post is to simply describe what its title proclaims: the grammar and syntax of John 1:1. Let’s take a look at what that Scripture says in the English, along with its reading in the Greek text. Once we see this verse, we will be able to see how it is organized and discuss it in a lot more depth.
In the last post I introduced the logical symbols that I will use when I write arguments out in logical form. If you aren’t familiar with logical operators and other symbols used in logic, then you aren’t going to follow the content of this post very well. My intention is to give you eight valid… Continue reading 8 Basic Rules of Logic
The first set of tools that we need to reconstruct, raise, and evaluate deductive arguments are logical symbols. A good deductive argument must follow the Structural Principle of the Code of Intellectual Conduct, which says that deductive arguments should adhere to rules of argumentation that produce formally valid, sound arguments. That principle is true when… Continue reading Introduction to Logical Symbols