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Discerning Truth

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Every day Christians are faced with an increasing onslaught of criticism from evolutionists for their belief in God and His glorious creation. What do you say when your faith is challenged by those claiming to speak in the name of science or reason? Discerning Truth provides a practical and engaging resource on the use of logic in this critical debate. Filled with anecdote ...more
Paperback, 137 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by New Leaf Publishing Group (first published July 1st 2010)
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Sirius Knott
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book would have been more apply named “Discerning Lies.” This is an excellent resource, one I strongly encourage every Biblical Christian apologist to buy.

Written as a supplement to the information contained in Lisle’s other book, The Ultimate Proof of Creation, it is nonetheless as a stand-alone resource. Based on a web series at Answers in Genesis’ site on the subject logical fallacies (which was provoked by popular response to a couple of chapters on the subject in Ultimate Proof), Disce
Jeff Randleman
Nov 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: creation
I finished reading Jason Lisle's book, Discerning Truth, last night. I have to admit, it was pretty enlightening, even though logic and reasoning aren't topics I find highly interesting to read about.

Lisle's purpose for Discerning Truth is simple. Explain the logical fallacies that are used frequently in the creation/evolution debate.

In order for an argument to be effective, it needs to be logically sound. Using illogical arguments, called fallacies, can invalidate the entire premise that one
Randy Wade
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good quick read about logical fallacies with a focus on the creation/evolution debate

Really enjoyed this book. The author does a good job explaining the major logical fallacies and identifying them in debate
Adam Lewis
Aug 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crackpottery
The tu quoque fallacy utilized at book length.

Jason Lisle is a rare specimen among creationists: he actually has a grasp on logic and reasoning. Most of his fellow pseudo-scientists would fail a basic logic test (read a book by Ray Comfort for some great examples of fail) so I can empathize with the monumental task he has before him on informing his audience about logic. Unfortunately for him, being aware of logical principles and applying them in a critical manner are two very different things
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"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 mo
Frank Peters
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in a series of young earth creation books that I was given. It is a follow up from a previous book (that I have already reviewed) called “The Ultimate Proof of Creation”. While I was not impressed with the beginning of his previous book, the middle section was quite good, and this book: “Discerning Truth” is simply a re-packaging of that central portion. Actually, it seemed to be all but identical – I wonder how much new text was actually added!

Nevertheless, I really like
(Jen) The Artist Librarian
Less than 150 pages long, “Discerning Truth” gives you a crash course in logic (described in the introduction as “the study of correct and incorrect reasoning”), focusing on logical fallacies in arguments regarding evolution. If you don't know what “logical fallacies” are, have no fear. This short book is written in a conversational, reader-friendly way. Each brief chapter covers one fallacy (e.g. “begging the question”, “Ad Hominem”, “the Strawman”, etc.) and in the back of the book Dr. Lisle ...more
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Dr. Lisle's book and found it a very well thought out apologetic read. He has explained how to unravel and expose logic, fact, myth and fallacy in arguments behind Evolutionism and its adherents. I will be re-reading it soon to make sure I get the reasoning down pat, since it is a short book (135 pgs) and very compelling. I have read many books like this, but the concise nature and personable approach he takes make it seem more like you are sitting down with a coffee with ...more
Dec 20, 2010 rated it liked it
This was a truly thought-provoking book. The author has some good lessons on how to discern valid various statements, primarily regarding evolutionary beliefs and Christianity. Main focus is against evolution theories. However the concepts he teaches can also be used in other aspects of life. Great for apologetics and those who like to debate and debunk.

The chapters are of good length so as not to overwhelm the reader. Each chapter is filled with information. There are also several examples wit
Cortney Davis
Dec 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A Goodreads First Read Winner!! Thank you - very anxious to read this book!

This book was very detailed in concerning studies and talking to those who debate the concept of putting God first in your life and/or believing God exists at all. Good examples were given, excellent scripture reference, and polite, tactful ways of getting your point across. There were some parts of the book that were hard for me to understand, but I know if I studied further, it would make sense. A great book for any Ch
Jonathan Harris
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: logic
Dr. Jason Lisle's Discerning Truth may be the most practical academic book I have ever read. . . If you are going to defend your faith, not only do you need good arguments, but you need to know what a bad one looks like: 1) so you don't use them; 2) so you can spot them when others do. I wholeheartedly recommend this book, and don't believe any college student should be without it.

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Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book from Answers in Genesis was very informative and interesting. Dr.Jason Lisle did a wonderful job with this book. I really enjoyed reading it and learning to detect fallacies and errors in the evolutionist worldview. Definitely a must read!

I recommend this book to ages 14+
Andy Kenway
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent logical primer about basic apologetic argumentation errors. Don't even think about entering an apologetics debate if you don't have a grip on this kind of material. Dr. Lisle's explanation is clear and easy to grasp.
Mark Weller
Nov 27, 2014 rated it liked it
This is an interesting read although not an easy read by any means. There are numerous examples of fallacious arguments used by evolutionists to deny God's existence, and a few used by Creationists as well.
Rod Carty
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Useful companion book to Dr. Jason Lisle's book The Ultimate Proof of Creation. This one goes into further detail on fallacies one commonly encounters while debating the creation vs. evolution controversy.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book, Jason uses the laws of logic and logical fallacies to disprove evolution.
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Dr. Jason Lisle is an astrophysicist who formerly worked for the creationist organization Answers in Genesis as both a speaker and researcher, but is now Director of Research at the Institute for Creation Research.

Dr. Lisle is a creationist who has a PhD in Astrophysics, which he obtained through the University of Colorado in Boulder. His postgraduate research concentrated on solar dynamics, utili
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