A Code of Conduct for Arguments and Discussions


The Reformed Reader

The Bible teaches that God’s people are to be truth-telling, truth-loving, and truth-promoting people (Ex. 20:16, Eph. 4:25, 6:14, etc.).  Although truth has to do with more than just our words, we are called to be honest, clear, and not deceitful when we talk, discuss, make an argument, or defend a position.

Speaking of this topic, I appreciate T. Edward Damer’s Attacking Faulty Reasoning: A Practical Guide to Fallacy-Free Arguments.  Although it isn’t a Christian textbook, there are many common grace insights that can help the Christian speak the truth when defending the faith and explaining biblical doctrine.  This book will also help the reader avoid being duped or tricked by poor arguments and/or faulty logic.  I appreciate Damer’s “code of intellectual conduct” that he explains in chapter one.  Here are his 13 principles for truthful (and logical!) discussions and arguments.  I’ve edited them for length:

1) The…

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