Truth & Argumentation (5 Short Video Clips)
One of the teachers at Nipawin Bible College and I agreed that I would teach the first two classes in their world religions class. Here are the five short video clips which introduce my central ideas on the nature of truth, and how to communicate it.
Here are some introductory remarks to the class, and personal details about why this information is exciting for me personally.
I. WHAT IS TRUTH?
An answer to the question of Pilate (John 18:38). First we examine a basic « working » definition of truth, then see how post-modern theory disproves this idea. Finally we observe how introducing a living God into the equation provides a « fixed point of reference » in order to make absolute truth possible.
II. HISTORY OF WESTERN THOUGHT
A survey of premodern (Greek), Modern and post-Modern thought, with critique of all and an argument for Christian foundationalism.
III. SHOULD CHRISTIANS ARGUE? (AN APOLOGETIC FOR APOLOGETICS)
Apologetics is an often-ignored or even discouraged discipline. However, Scriptures give both examples and commands that we MUST argue convincingly and compassionately for the truths of Scriptures.
IV. HOW TO BUILD AN ARGUMENT (INTRO TO DEDUCTIVE/ANALYTICAL REASONING)
A simple description of how to construct a deductive argument, with explanation and disclaimers.
V. TEN COMMON LOGICAL FALLACIES
An overview of ten of the most common errors in logic and argumentation.