Thursday, February 07, 2019

Logic and Critical Thinking Seminar for Home-Schooled Students

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(Redeemer Church, in Monroe)
Tomorrow, Feb. 8, at Redeemer, I will be giving a seminar to home-schooled students and their parents.

I'm calling it: Loving God with All Your Mind: An Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking.

I'm going to take this material and adapt it to the level of the students who come. Students will acquire new thinking skills. Their cognitive abilities will be stretched and deepened.

I will teach, and then have the students do in-class exercises.

About 45 will be attending!

Here's the format:


  • Intro – welcome

  • Luke 10:27 - “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

  • Sample argument using logic - Dogs are smarter than cats

  • Logic – formulation and evaluation

  • Statements and non-statements

  • What an argument is

  • The form of an argument

  • Deductive arguments and inductive arguments

  • Four deductive argument forms

  • Informal fallacies

  • Symbolic logic

  • Using logic – a logical argument against abortion

  • Using logic – the Moral Argument for God’s Existence

  • Final questions – Q&A

Dr. John Piippo, PhD (Northwestern University, in Philosophical Theology)

Adjunct Professor of Philosophy (retired) at Monroe County Community College (taught Logic for seventeen years at the college level)

Pastor, Redeemer Fellowship Church, Monroe, Michigan

My blog –

My two books –

  • Praying: Reflections on 40 years of Solitary Conversations with God

  • Leading the Presence-Driven Church

My email –

Other subjects I have taught include: 

  • World Religions (comparative religions)

  • Apologetics (defending our faith)

  • Spiritual Formation and Transformation – How God Changes the Human Heart

  •   Prayer

  •  Leadership

  • How to interpret the Scriptures; How to Study the Bible

  • Human Identity and Dignity (What is a Person?; Who am I?)