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

Logic: A God-Centered Approach to the Foundation of Western Thought
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Poythress, Vern Sheridan


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For Christians looking to improve critical thinking skills, here is an accessible introduction to the study of logic (parts 1 & 2) as well as an in-depth treatment of the discipline (parts 3 & 4) 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.

About the Author

Vern Sheridan Poythress is professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary, where he has taught for 33 years. He has six earned degrees, including a PhD from Harvard University and a ThD from the University of Stellenbosch. He is the author of books on numerous topics, including biblical interpretation, language, and science.

Book Details

736 Pages
Publisher: Crossway/Good News Publishers
Publication Date: February 2013
ISBN 10: 1433532298
ISBN 13: 9781433532290

"In this book, Dr. Poythress breaks with the whole history of logic since Aristotle by seeking to show that logic is a reflection of the Trinity. Dr. Poythress gives us an extensive tour of the logical landscape, from the traditional Aristotelian syllogisms to modern symbolic logic, all the while setting logic in the context of its relation to language, history, mathematics, and computers. Most importantly, Poythress shows us the beauty of logic as a reflection of God: logic is not an empty formality or the product of cold reason, but the loving gift of our Creator, whose image we reflect as we seek to understand his world in all its order, complexity, and mystery. Whether you are a logic buff, or just want to learn how to think more clearly to the glory of God, this book is for you.
- Jamie Duguid, Westminster Bookstore Staff, 2013

“Every new item that Vern Poythress writes is thoughtful, creative, and worth reading.”
- C. John Collins, Professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

“Each of Vern Poythress's books has been, in my judgment, the best book on its particular subject.”
- John Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

“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, Fellow of Philosophy and Classic Languages, New St. Andrews College; Pastor, Christ Church, Moscow, ID