Item description for Come, Let Us Reason: An Introduction to Logical Thinking by Norman L. Geisler & Ronald M. Brooks...
Overview God created logic and calls Christians to orderly thinking. On this premise, a simplified study of logic prepares readers to reason thoughtfully and to spot illogic in an argument.
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.49" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1990
Publisher Baker Academic
ISBN 0801038367 ISBN13 9780801038365
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More About Norman L. Geisler & Ronald M. Brooks
Dr. Norman Geisler, PhD, is a prolific author, veteran professor, speaker, lecturer, traveler, philosopher, apologist, evangelist, and theologian. To those who ask, "Who is Norm Geisler?" some have suggested, "Well, imagine a cross between Thomas Aquinas and Billy Graham and you're not too far off."
Norm has authored/coauthored over 80 books and hundreds of articles. He has taught theology, philosophy, and apologetics on the college or graduate level for over 50 years. He has served as a professor at some of the finest Seminaries in the United States, including Trinity Evangelical Seminary, Dallas Seminary, and Southern Evangelical Seminary. He now lends his talents to Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California, as the Distinguished Professor of Apologetics.
Norman has been married for 57 years (as of 2013) to wife Barbara Jean, graduate of Fort Wayne Bible College (Taylor University)
Dr. and Mrs. Geisler have six children, fifteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren
SPANISH BIO: Norman Geisler (PhD, Loyola University) es presidente del Seminario Evangelico del Sur y autor de mas de cincuenta libros, entre los que se destacan Decide For Yourself, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics y When Skeptics Ask. Fue tambien coeditor de Is Your Church Ready? Un libro asociado a Quien creo a Dios?
Norman L. Geisler currently resides in Weddington, in the state of North Carolina.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Come, Let Us Reason: An Introduction to Logical Thinking?
Highly Technical, For Serious Learners Only Dec 29, 2007
If you don't have time to study, think through and review the lessons and do the "homework" at the end of each chapter, this book is going to be painful and easily out of control, by which I mean you will probably be lost unless you keep track of the materials covered in the previous chapters. Though I completed reading the entire book, I was only able to keep up with the first few chapters, reviewing and doing the exercise, and they are not easy. If I were to grade myself, I believe I was barely get a C perhaps because I wasn't serious enough since I wasn't using this book in a more disciplined classroom environment. I wish I did. With this said, I have to say Geisler did an excellent job. This is an intro to logic with Christian overtone, a solid foundation for rational apologetics.
Bud-wiser Oct 22, 2007
This here kind of book reading made my brain hurt so I drank some more beer. ... I thought I should lighten up the psychobabble, I hope you smiled.
Really thorough but accessible. Jul 9, 2006
Geisler covers a good bit of ground in his intro to logic, but he's such a good logician AND good communicator, he makes it highly graspable (which may not be a word...no, it is, I checked.)
Of course, this is written from a Christian perspective, so it's not likely to appeal to some philosophy students, totally cynical and agnostic by the time they take their logic class. But anyone who's familiar with Geisler knows he's a dang walking-talking-debating-master of logic, so this really should work for anyone.
informative but not logical Feb 3, 2006
After looking at the problems in the excersises of the 4th chapter, as well as the answer key in the back, it would seem as if the book assumes that the statement "-p or -q" is equivelant to "-(p or q)". It is not. Consequently the destructive syllogism is not true to form according to that chapter. Also, if you look at problem number 4 in exercise 4.3, the conclusion is a tautology (always true), rendering the argument valid. However the answer key says it's invalid.
While some may be tempted to say that the authors work under a different (in this case, non-standard) logical system, it is unfathomable that the authors would not make aware of these issues.
Great Intro to Logical Thinking from Christian Perspective Sep 22, 2004
This book is not meant for casual reading (you have to think to understand this one), but it can help enlighten the casual reader (who does not want to study) if he/she skims through the first 90 pages (which require some study of terms and differences)and then coasts through the rest. Geisler and Brooks are Christian thinkers who understand thinking and logic, and they present the major components of logical thinking in a Christian context.
The authors explain syllogisms and differentiate between a valid conclusion and an invalid conclusion. They also distinguish validity from actual truth (valid conclusions are not always actually true in reality; they are merely logically based on the premises presented). That's the stuff addressed in the first 90 pages.
But the best part (and most enjoyable for me)began with chapter 6, "Informal Fallacies." This section was lighter reading. Since this is an election year, it would be a study in itself to compare political commentaries and supposed answers to questions with the logic presented in this volume!
Since the authors are serious students of Scripture and Geisler is a celebrated Theologian, most of their examples come from familiar Bible texts or theological issues. Although I have stronger convictions about Sovereign Grace than do the authors, I really found their examples useful in the realm of hermenutics (Bible interpretation). They are solid defenders of an inerrant Bible and ethical interpretation.
If you want to brush up your thinking skills, this might be a good place to start. "Fit Bodies, Fat Minds" by Os Guiness persuades us that the use of the mind has been neglected in evangelical communities, and Geisler and Brooks have written a work to help properly activate those little grey cells. Not really an easy read, and not for everyone, but a meaningful mind stretcher.