Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Review: The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn

The Message: “This book teaches you to recognize the logical fallacies which you meet every day in the street, or in the newspaper, or in your work. Thousands of years ago, the Greek philosopher Aristotle began to study and categorize these common errors in reasoning. Ever since that time, people have found this branch of logic to be the most interesting and useful in ordinary life.” ~ Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn

My Thoughts: As the Bluedorn brothers say in their introduction to this book, “many Christians adopt beliefs and practices without evaluating the arguments that are used to support them,” so being able to assess all things logically and identify errors in reasoning is a necessary skill for Christians. Will this book help you attain this skill? While it’s far from an exhaustive study of the subject, the lessons in this book are a fun and practical way to learn the basics of how to identify logical fallacies. It’s an excellent resource for children and teens, whether to read on their own or in school. Adults who want an introduction to logic are likely to enjoy it as well.

Content Overview: Safe for all readers old enough to be interested in it.