An argument is made up of sentences that either make a claim (that which asserts something) or provide reasons (support for the assertion). For an argument to be effective, however, just any kind of sentence will not do.
The task of philosophy in general and logic in particular is that of clarification.
What the arguer intends for words to connote and denote plays a crucial role in the argument’s validity.
If individuals seek to develop arguments regarding an issue with the goal of moving forward in a particular matter, it is important that they are clear in their use of words.
For effective apologetics, it is to our advantage to understand and apply the concepts that characterize good arguments.
A person who works hard at understanding will love wisdom - that’s what philosophy literally means.
The history of philosophy is better as a way to acquaint oneself with philosophy and to discover its usefulness for a Christian.
We often – all of us – have misconceptions about things of which we have little knowledge of.
As I began to discover the importance of apologetics in Christian history, as well as in my own understanding of evangelism and strengthening the faith of myself and other Christians, I began to realize that philosophy had been the key element to quality apologetics. I realized that I didn’t know what philosophy was; I had a definition that was wrong, a conception that was wrong.
An assertion minus support does not an argument make.