Logic: A God-Centered Approach to the Foundation of Western Thought

By Vern S. Poythress

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Logic: A God-Centered Approach to the Foundation of Western Thought

By Vern S. Poythress

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For Christians looking to improve critical thinking skills, here is an accessible introduction to the study of logic as well as an in-depth treatment of the discipline from a professor with six academic degrees and over 30 years experience teaching. Questions for further reflection are included at the end of each chapter as well as helpful diagrams and charts for use in college and graduate-level classrooms.

Vern Poythress has undertaken a radical recasting of the study of logic in this revolutionary work from a Christian worldview.


Vern S. Poythress

Vern S. Poythress (PhD, Harvard University; ThD, University of Stellenbosch) is professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he has taught for nearly four decades. In addition to earning six academic degrees, he is the author of numerous books and articles on biblical interpretation, language, and science.

Product Details

Category: Academic
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 736
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 33.17 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3229-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3229-0
ISBN-UPC: 9781433532290
Case Quantity: 10
Published: February 28, 2013

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introducing Logic and Argument 
1.  The Importance of Logic
2.  Formal Logic

Part 2: God in Logic
3.  Logic Revealing God 
4.  Logic as Personal 
5.  Logic within Language  
6.  Suppressing the Truth  
7.  Logic and the Trinity  
8.  The Absoluteness of God 
9.  Logic and Necessity
10. Transcendence and Immanence
11. Reflections on the Mediation of Human Knowledge of Logic
12. Fallacies and God

Part 3: The Problem of Classification
13. Analogy
14. Unity and Diversity
15. Stability of Meaning
16. Form and Meaning
17. Context for Meaning
18. Persons and Logic
19. Logic and Religious Antithesis
20. Theistic Proofs

Part 4: Aristotelian Syllogisms
21. Theistic Foundations for a Syllogism
22. Venn Diagrams
23. Syllogisms of the First Figure 


“Most books on logic content themselves with trying to fix our problems in logic. But in this book, Vern Poythress takes a ‘God-centered’ approach to the subject, which addresses a more foundational problem we have—our problem about logic. What is it? Why is it authoritative? If logic is part of the creation, could God have made a world that had round squares in it? And if logic is untouchable and mysteriously somehow ‘over’ God, then doesn’t that make logic God? In this book, Poythress does a masterful job of showing how our ability to think rationally is grounded in the very nature of God Himself. I heartily recommend this book to every student of the subject.”
Douglas Wilson, Senior Fellow of Theology, New St. Andrews College; Pastor, Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho