Straight Thinking #41: Obstacles to Critical Thinking: Circumstances and conditions that can negatively impact careful thinking more
In this series we have discussed the importance of the philosophical enterprise, which esteemed scholar Ed Miller defines as "thinking clearly, rationally, and critically about life's most important … more
A student once said to me, "Hey prof, your logic class rocks!"
So to intentionally equivocate, it's not just geology courses that are known for "rocks."
In my twenty years of teaching college … more
When I was growing up my mother used to say that I liked to argue. In subtle ways my parents encouraged me to be an independent thinker, ready to back up my strong opinions. An argument develops when … more
It's much easier to knock down a straw man than a real man of muscle and bone.
When one person distorts the argument of another and then proceeds to critique that misrepresentation (whether in … more
A skeptic once sent me an email informing me that Christians could never genuinely value and utilize logic and critical thinking because their faith prohibits them from basing their beliefs on … more
Logic and quantum mechanics, surviving space travel, what is life, why is Lamentations in Bible more
The study of logic doesn't teach you to think—people do that intuitively and naturally. Rather instruction in logic teaches you to order your thinking.
Logic is typically defined as "the … more
Ever heard the expression "the joke's on you"?
I once attended a debate between two biblical scholars where one scholar held liberal views of Scripture and Christianity, while the other was an … more
Straight Thinking #34: Ordered Thinking: The Value of Logic more
I once gave an early morning lecture in my logic class after having taken some high-powered cold medicine the night before. Maybe the students didn't notice, but my mind was definitely operating in … more
Logic is to the philosopher what mathematics is to the physicist.
When I'm confronted with a controversial topic my training in logic compels me to think the subject through carefully and to arrive … more
A student in one of my logic classes once announced, "Professor Samples, I would like to give you a few reasons why logic is invalid."
I responded, "Think about what you just said. It sounds like you … more
Growing up in the 1960s, one of my favorite characters on Star Trek was Mr. Spock. Half Vulcan and half human, First Officer Spock pursued the logical path to problem-solving tenaciously throughout … more
Does the Bible indicate where knowledge comes from? Since evolutionary processes can’t guarantee true beliefs (see Kenneth Samples’ article, p. 3) naturalism as a worldview faces … more
The other day I read an article written by Alvin Plantinga, arguably one of the greatest living Christian philosophers, entitled Evolution vs. Naturalism. I had to read it over several times to fully … more
I have always taken my good memory for granted. Remembering names, dates, and facts has always been easy for me, particularly when it comes to history, philosophy, and sports. I have always wanted to … more
More than once, scientists and philosophers have noted how mathematics can describe, with remarkable precision, the laws that govern our universe. An example of this is found in the article The … more
This charge means that when it comes to various theistic arguments, the believer typically attributes gaps in (especially) scientific knowledge to God. For example, when science can't explain how the … more
I think one of the greatest apologetic challenges facing Christianity today is the anti-intellectualism present in many evangelical churches.
Unfortunately, many churches seem to provide spiritual … more