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
I have to begin with the classic deserted island question: If you were stranded on an island by yourself and could only bring one book, which one would you bring? I think the question, stated in this way, is a bit unfair. Any Christian, after all, is going to answer “the Bible” (I hope). So… Continue reading Series Introduction: Retractions
The tagline of this website is “Exploring Oneness Pentecostal Theology.” As I said in the series on my spiritual and intellectual journey, I’ve spent most of my life among Oneness Pentecostals. That means my theological reflections begin with the Oneness views and work from there. By contrasting the Oneness Pentecostal views with the views of… Continue reading Series Introduction: Explorations
The skills that I’ve discussed in the previous two posts (recognizing the four types of terms and defining terms) are necessary for understanding this post. In what follows, I’m going to describe how to raise arguments (a part of the ‘R’ in the R.E.A.D. Method) using a lot of the same material I’ve already discussed. To… Continue reading Logic 101: How to Raise an Argument
In the previous post in this series on logic I discussed the R.E.A.D. Method. This is the procedure for finding and evaluating arguments that I will continue to fill out during this series. But before I jump into an exploration of topics under each acronym of the R.E.A.D. Method, I think it’s important to lay… Continue reading Logic 101: A Code of Intellectual Conduct
Now that you know what arguments are and the different kinds of arguments, I will begin discussing how to spot arguments and how to evaluate them. The system of evaluation that I will be proposing is the R.E.A.D. Method. I think that this mnemonic device will be a useful one to help us remember how… Continue reading Logic 101: Learning to R.E.A.D.