Monday, March 31, 2008


Biblical Reasons to be a Critical Thinker

Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." This is the first and greatest commandment. --Matt. 22:37-38

"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." --1 Peter 3:15b

"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." --Romans 1:20

"Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth." --John 17:17

"I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind." --1 Cor. 14:15

"As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. 'This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ,' he said." --Acts 17:2-3 (and see Acts 17:17, 18:4, 18:19 and 1 Cor. 13:11)

"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ. . . ." Phil. 1:9-10

"Therefore, prepare your minds for action. --1 Peter 1:13a



SYLLABUS for Ph102
Fundamentals of Reasoning - Crossfire
Eugene Bible College
Spring term, 2008

Beth Bilynskyj, Instructor
Phone: 744-9343 (between 9am and 9 pm)

Mission of Eugene Bible College

The mission of Eugene Bible College is to glorify God through biblically-based college education that disciples and equips servants of Jesus Christ to become life-long learners who offer effective and relevant Spirit-filled ministry and leadership in the Church and the world.

Program Mission Statement and Objectives

· effective communication in writing and speaking
· critical thinking
· research and independent study skills

Course Description:

This is an introductory course designed to help you identify, construct, analyze and evaluate arguments. Mastering these skills will help you to be able to better read and understand material in your other courses, as well as in the media. These skills will also help you to write more effectively.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
· Describe the standards for critical thinking
· Identify concepts, propositions, deductive and deductive arguments, informal fallacies
· Construct, analyze, and evaluate deductive and inductive arguments
· Demonstrate improvement in reading comprehension and writing skills

Required Texts:

You will notice that I have not required you to purchase a textbook. That is because this class will use internet, handout and reserve items. You are required to check this blog weekly for material and updates.


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