Discerning Truth: Exposing Errors in Evolutionary Arguments  -     By: Jason Lisle
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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: Paperback
Number of Pages: 135
Vendor: Master Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0890515948
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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
    mandm
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    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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