June 25, 2015
Do you want to tune up your logical thinking skills? I found The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hands Bluedorn to be a helpful resource. You will never listen to an advertisement, debate, persuade or write the same way again!


Logic is an important part of discernment.

I think that believers should know their logic -- after all, God is a God of order! I appreciate the Bluedorns' heart behind the book. In their words: "We see a need for Christians to strive for a higher standard of reasoning. We believe God wants his people to become aware of their lack of discernment, and logic is an important part of the science of discernment. For instance, many Christians adopt beliefs and practices without properly evaluating the arguments which are used to support them. We need to rediscover the way of the Bereans, who searched the Scriptures daily to see if the apostles’ teachings were true (Acts 17:10-11).” -Nathaniel and Hands Bluedorn (The Fallacy Detective)

The book's layout.

This book is broken up in an easy read of 36 lessons, introducing different fallacies and bad reasoning. They discuss the different kinds of assumptions, statistical fallacies and propaganda and provide examples and a clear, easy-to-understand explanation of each. The book is written for young students, but I think anyone would benefit from a read, even just a skim to brush up. The Bluedorns write with humor, clarity and will hold the interest of anyone who desires to be wiser in the area of reasoning. The Fallacy Detective changed the way I think about logic.
Here are just a few of my favorite terms that I've been able to spot in real life (and try to weed out of my own reasoning skills!):

1 Red Herring
2 Avoiding the question
3 Tu Quoque
4 Straw man
5 Genetic Fallacy
6 Ad Hominem
7 Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc (yeah, that's a thing!)

I definitely recommend this book for your homeschool library!


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