Logic Miniseries: Part 5 – Informal Logic and Fallacies of Relevance

Time to hold back those crocodile tears.  Sadly, this is the last post on informal logic as we look to address the third major category, fallacies of relevance.  I’m not sure I can top Part 4 with examples from social media, but I will try my darnedest to make this part both easy to understand and comical (even though it’s not really all that funny in the end).  So, without further Continue reading

Logic Miniseries: Part 3 – Informal Logic and Fallacies of Ambiguity

Time to make good on my promise of this section being the more interesting part of the miniseries.  Now that we know how the laws of logic work, coupled with some simple logistical vocabulary and methodology on how logic flows, we can now dive into the wonderful world of informal logic.   Otherwise called ordinary/everyday logic, informal logic seeks to Continue reading

Logic Miniseries: Part 2 – Introduction to Logistical Terminology

Now that you’ve recovered from Part 1 (the laws of logic), it’s time to move on to Part 2.  For my attention grabber: what if I told you we’re going to be learning some logistical vocabulary in this post?  Good, you’re still here!  To make the vocabulary a bit more attractive, what if I also told you that I’ll be using examples from unbelievers?  Okay, I hope by now we have a deal.  Apologetics doesn’t have to be boring.  It’s all about presentation!  So let’s get started… Continue reading

Logic Miniseries: Part 1 – The Laws of Logic

Have you ever defended your faith?  If not faith, a controversial topic (e.g. gun laws, abortion, death penalty, etc.)?  More than likely, you have (at least I hope you have at this point in your life).  However, do you think you provided a cogent (clear, logical) and persuasive argument?  Were you ever able to convince someone of your argument and convert them (so to speak) to your view?  Chances are, probably not.  Why?  Because many of us cannot provide a sound, logical argument. Continue reading

Answering a Critic: Refuting the Claim of Biblical Circularity

As I’m working on my next blog post (miniseries on logic, for those who are wondering), I figured an answer session was in order.  I will try, as I am able, to post answers to some of the commentary I come across when researching material on apologetics.  In doing so, I’ll try and keep it as elementary as possible because some of the criticism surrounding Continue reading

Introduction to Biblical Apologetics: Part 3 of 3 – Expanding on the Biblical Worldview, and Addressing the Bible as a Circular Argument

So here we are, Part 3 and conclusion of the Introduction to the Biblical Apologetics miniseries.  I hope you have learned something new thus far through Parts 1 and 2.  If not, you are sure to learn something new here.  At this point, if you have not yet read Parts 1 and 2, I would implore you to do so.  If you deem it unnecessary, let me at least give an overview of what the first two parts covered.  Part 1 discussed worldviews.  A worldview is a set of beliefs and assumptions we have in order to make sense of the world around us.  Everyone has a worldview, yet, not many people have given their worldview a second thought (or third, or fourth). Continue reading

Introduction to Biblical Apologetics: Part 2 of 3 – The Biblical Worldview and a Case for Biblical Apologetics

Before we dive into the biblical worldview, let us first recap some important points in Part 1. Remember, although many have not given it much thought, we all have a worldview. A worldview is a set of beliefs and assumptions we use to analyze, interpret, and render decisions about the world around us. Our beliefs and assumptions begin to form at a very young age and are influenced by parents, teachers, politicians, preachers, etc. A worldview seeks to answer many of life’s more challenging questions: What is the purpose of life? What is love? Does a deity or do multiple deities exist? I do hope you thought about the questions posed at the end of Part 1. If you have not, it would behoove you to do so at this point. Now that you have a better understanding of what a worldview is (and hopefully you’ve given your own the attention it deserves), we can move on to the biblical worldview and what it means to be a follower of Christ.  Continue reading