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More than a simple logic textbook or a list of arguments to use against creationists, Discerning Truth hones in on the use of logic in apologetics. Short chapters focus on common evolutionary fallacies, including reification, equivocation, begging the question, question-begging epithet, bifurcation, a faulty appeal to authority, and more. A section of real-life examples (with answers) allows you to practice spotting these logical fallacies. 135 pages, softcover.

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Format: DRM Free ePub
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Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781614581833
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Every day Christians are faced with an increasing onslaught of criticism from evolutionists for their belief in God and His glorious creation. What do you say when your faith is challenged by those claiming to speak in the name of science or reason? Discerning Truth provides a practical and engaging resource on the use of logic in this critical debate. Filled with anecdotes from both creative examples and real-life illustrations that help clarify logical issues in apologetics. Become skilled at distinguishing sound arguments from emotionally-charged rhetoric. Helps any believer refute evolutionary perspectives. Lisle believes that creationists need to be able to recognize and refute evolutionist arguments, and to do so in a way that both honors God and lines up with the truth of His Word (Eph. 5:1). The role of logic, the study of correct reasoning, is becoming a vanishing skill in our society. Yet it is a vital tool in assisting Christians in assessing the weaknesses in evolutionary thought. Here is the clear and concise guide for every believer in defending your faith in the face of adversity.

Author Bio

Dr. Jason Lisle is the Director of Research and a featured speaker and writer for the Institute for Creation Research. He previously served as the Planetarium Director for the Creation Museum in KY. Dr. Lisle has also authored a number of books which include: Taking Back AstronomyThe Ultimate Proof of CreationOld-Earth Creationism on Trial, and The Stargazer’s Guide to the Night Sky.

Dr. Jason Lisle holds bachelor of science degrees in physics and astronomy from Ohio Wesleyan University, as well as a master’s and PhD in Astro-physics from the University of Colorado in Boulder. As a creation scientist Dr. Lisle effectively communicates  a broad range of topics from in-depth presentations of distant starlight, Einstein's relativity, and problems with the big bang to topics from astronomy and general science to apologetics and dinosaurs.


Presented to us by a Doctor of Astrophysics, Discerning Truth does exactly what its subtitle says: it lays bare to the glare of truth the often deliberate miscalculations found in evolutionary arguments against creationism. Defending the creationist position through the systematic use of reason, Lisle discusses the various fallacious arguments used by evolutionists to discount creationism. You’ll remember several of the types of arguments from tertiary English or Philosophy, reification, bifurcation, ad hominem, and the strawman fallacy; with a sprinkling of more everyday ones such as begging the question and equivocation.

For all this, reading this book is not daunting. Definitions are clearly stated. Difficult truths are put into easy-to-cope-with language. Very pointed cartoons illustrate important issues. Examples of how to state creation arguments refuting the declarations of evolutionists are clearly laid out in language laymen can readily use. The last two chapters are devoted to actual evolutionist arguments, how they are fallacious, and the creationist answers. An appendix of alternate names for each fallacy plus a glossary round out a full package of information usable by the creationist.

Dr. Lisle's qualifications for writing Discerning Truth are impressive. He is a research scientist, works with the Answer in Genesis Ministries, is the planetarium director at the Creation Museum, and has written extensively in both secular and Christian literature about the science of creation. Discerning Truth is valuable in several arenas, such as: personal information and affirmation; ammunition against and protection from evolutionists; and, providing information a teacher can present to students to help them stand successfully against evolutionist onslaughts. – Donna Eggett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Age: 35-44
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great place to start!
    March 6, 2011
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is a great place to start if you want to learn to spot and refute errors of logic in evolutionary arguments. Highly recommended!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    More Answer in Genesis gold!
    January 19, 2011
    Anthony Shuler
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is not exclusively on creation\evolution as may appear. It is, in fact, a philosophy book. Dr. Lisle presents many common logical fallacies people use and explains way they are in error and how to spot them. He then applies these principles to the creation\evolution debate. The principles in this book, however, are important tools for rational thought that all people will benefit from in all areas and not just in the origins debate. It's short, yes, but well worth the money. You'll be smarter after reading it (unless, of course, you are pretty philosophically knowledgeable already and then it's still a great way to brush up on your logic). I highly recommend this book to everyone.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 6, 2010
    Debbie from ChristFocus Book Club
    "Discerning Truth" is a Christian apologetics book about the use of logic in evaluating arguments for and against the Christian faith. It specifically focused on the arguments made in the Biblical creation versus evolution debate. While most of the examples were of faulty arguments for evolution, the author also pointed out faulty arguments that Christians sometimes use.The author mainly focused on deductive arguments, but he also covered inductive arguments. He spent a chapter on each of the most frequent logic fallacies committed in the creation/evolution debate and then quickly covered some lesser used ones in another chapter. He explained what the fallacy was then gave some examples (both made up and common real ones) and explained why the argument didn't work. The explanations were very easy to follow and used everyday language with a sprinkling of logic terminology.I think even just memorizing the examples would give a person the confidence to speak up in many situations. At the end, there were two practice sessions: four chapters with questions in one chapter and the answers (identifying the logic fallacy and giving the explanation of why it doesn't work) in the next. The first set was one-sentence theoretical arguments and the second used short paragraphs taken from actual pro-evolution articles.I'd highly recommend this book to high schoolers and adults. Since this book had a respectful tone, I'd also feel comfortable handing this book to someone whose confidence in evolution is based on the faulty arguments covered in this book.I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
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