Whether Miracles Occur Today (Four Views)

Do miracles occur today? I will go over four particular views on whether real miracles occur in the world today. When I say real miracles, I do not refer to natural healings or medical healings. When I say a real miracle, I am talking about a divine supernatural intervention where God uses a messenger of his choosing to perform a miracle, usually an instant miracle such as a budding staff (Nu. 17) or a staff that turns into a snake (Ex. 7:8-10), with the purpose of confirming that the messenger is genuinely appointed by God and that his message is really from God. Continue reading “Whether Miracles Occur Today (Four Views)”

Winning With Mixed Hypotheticals

Why is it important to understand mixed hypothetical reasoning? It is commonly used and misused in everyday thinking. Anyone who wants to learn how to identify truth, faulty reasoning, or bad philosophy would be very wise to know how to use mixed hypothetical syllogisms. Mixed hypotheticals will help your mind learn how to think about things more properly.Continue reading “Winning With Mixed Hypotheticals”

Four Ways Skeptics Fall Short

American theologian, author, and pastor R. C. Sproul reduced the problem of skeptics to four ways in which they mishandle fallacies and slip in faulty thinking.

1.) Contradictions – Skeptics will ultimately live with contradictions of some type. For example, some want truth yet deny truth. Some want morality yet rebel against it. Some accuse others of a fallacy, but they are guilty of that exact fallacy. Some accuse others of lying, but they twist other people’s words and lie. Some accuse others of being hypocritical, but they are hypocritical, etc.Continue reading “Four Ways Skeptics Fall Short”

How Socratic Logic Has Improved My Thinking

My thinking has changed for the better – for a number of reasons – directly due to and thanks to the material taught in Socratic Logic AP503 at Southern Evangelical Seminary. First, I am able to identify in a conversation when a friend or a loved one is using – or not using – any three acts of the mind. I am more carefully examining terms, propositions, and a higher level of reasoning in a way I never really have done so before.Continue reading “How Socratic Logic Has Improved My Thinking”

Creation Implies Creator

Contingent things cannot have an eternal past. By definition, contingent things are things that depend on something else to exist. First consider a tree. Let us take a closer look at the following three things: what a tree depends on, the forward moving life cycle of a tree, and the timeline of trees moving back into history.Continue reading “Creation Implies Creator”