065: 7 Ways to Identify a Bad Argument (Part 2)

Nov 15, 2018 | Apologetics, Podcast

When someone presents a claim or an objection to a claim you’ve made, are you able to spot the “fly in the ointment”?

Bad arguments, unfortunately, run amuck in both Christian and non-Christian circles. Sometimes it’s obvious when an argument is bad, but sometimes it’s much less obvious and requires work to uncover the rotten spots.

In this lesson (and last week’s lesson), I’m giving you some tools that will help you spot such deficiencies. More precisely, we can uncover these logical fallacies by asking certain questions.

Over time, you will not have to run through arguments and evaluate them based on a list of questions; you’ll simply be able to pick out the problems at a glance. But it’s hard to get started if you don’t know how to evaluate an argument in the first place!

Listen in as we teach you how to overcome challenges that are based on bad arguments.

In this lesson, you’ll learn:

  1. Why many arguments do little to nothing to advance another’s view because their reasons are irrelevant to the discussion.
  2. How to know when it is okay logically to quote someone as a expert authority in their field.
  3. How to determine whether a person’s rejection of your view has to do with the consequences it entails.
  4. The tactic that Jesus and other New Testament figures often used in their discussions to refute self-defeating worldviews.

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