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Come, Let Us Reason: An Introduction to Logical Thinking

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The perfect introductory textbook, this simplified study of logic prepares readers to reason thoughtfully and to spot illogic in an argument.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published August 1st 1990 by Baker Academic
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John Martindale
Jun 03, 2016 John Martindale rated it did not like it
In the beginning section covering Aristotelian logic, Geisler tried to hastily cover in about 40 pages, what other textbooks took over a 100 pages to explain. Geisler just dumped out multitudes of terms and concepts that left me frustratingly confused. I had to turn elsewhere to actually learn it all. Even after getting a grasp of deduction from other introductory text, I still found, in returning to Geisler, his writing to be convoluted. Over all this is a simply terrible introduction to logic. ...more
Jacob Aitken
Aug 04, 2011 Jacob Aitken rated it it was amazing
For a person who has grown up in the television age and not used to rational thinking (90% of America), this book is pivotal for an understanding of logic. Upon first glance this book is hard to read because we are not used to thinking in terms of complex propositions. And, like any textbook, the more that you put into it, the more you will get out. An understanding of loigc is necessary for even a superficial reading of the Bible. St. Paul in every sentence is using logic to its deadly effect. ...more
Jul 17, 2016 Oshea rated it it was amazing
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Geisler does a great job at making logic a lot easier to understand. The examples are all from the bible,theology and apologetics because it was written with Christians in mind. This book only goes into the very basics of logic. If you came onto the book thinking that there was going to be modal logic,predicate logic or any other more advanced topics in logic then you will be very disappointed. This book is a starting point and from this book you can move up the ladder to other logic texts.
Glenn Crouch
Jan 23, 2014 Glenn Crouch rated it really liked it
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For me, this was a good "refresher" course on Logic - and even better to get it in a Christian Apologetic framework.

There would be much benefit if more Christians were to come to understand the mechanics behind "reasoning", thus they would be able to put forward better arguments - I direct this at myself as well. Even though I have a Mathematical background, it is easy to get caught up in the emotional side of things and to make many of the "fallacies" explained in this book.

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Ryan Yoder
Jan 03, 2016 Ryan Yoder rated it it was amazing
Having not studied formal logic before this book I was in over my head. Still, I advise one dive right it. It is clear enough if one takes the time to study the material and not merely read it.

It's a book to open the mind to the extensive possibilities of honorable debate. One, by Gods grace, will close the back cover determined to not only combats errant views but the errant arguments for his own views.
David Haines
Jan 29, 2013 David Haines rated it really liked it
I honestly did not know what to expect when I opened this book. It claims to be a christian book that could be used in a course on Introduction to Logic - that is, a christian logic textbook. It is just that. No book is perfect, and this one has its share of failures. However, It covers most of the important aspects that would be needed in an introduction to logic, and then some. Many of the examples come from the Bible, or theological debate. Each chapter is followed by a number of exercises th ...more
Pondering Pastor
Apr 16, 2016 Pondering Pastor rated it it was amazing
Good intro to Logic.
Chris Crane
Aug 11, 2015 Chris Crane rated it really liked it
For those who aren't familiar with the study of logic, this is a good primer to start that endeavor. He discusses the proper and improper construction of logical argumentation as well as the basic laws of logic and their fallacies. There were some things in this book that it could have done without (such as the co-authors attempt to be humorous). Other than that and whether or not you agree with Geisler's theological stances, it would be beneficial to give this a read.
Feb 27, 2012 Lance rated it liked it
A good introduction to semi-formal logic. Somewhat disconcerting in it's opening thesis which suggests a reading of John chapter one which reads, "In the beginning was the Logic." Nonetheless a good read for those wishing to encounter a Christian understanding of largely Platonic logic.
Christian Proano
Jul 30, 2011 Christian Proano rated it it was amazing
A must read twice and reviewing for refresh from time to time. This is an excellent book.
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Norman L. Geisler (PhD, Loyola University of Chicago) has taught at top evangelical colleges and seminaries for over fifty years and is distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He is the author of nearly eighty books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics and Christian Ethics. He and his wife live in Charlotte, ...more
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