Discerning Truth: Exposing Errors in Evolutionary Arguments by Dr. Jason Lisle, MasterBooks (2010)

Discerning Truth coverThis book would have been more apply named “Discerning Lies.” This is an excellent resource, one I strongly encourage every Biblical Christian apologist to buy.

Written as a supplement to the information contained in Lisle’s other book, The Ultimate Proof of Creation, it is nonetheless as a stand-alone resource. Based on a web series at Answers in Genesis’ site on the subject logical fallacies (which was provoked by popular response to a couple of chapters on the subject in Ultimate Proof), Discerning Truth covers the most common such fallacies used in evolutionary arguments.

Specifically, this book covers:

  • Reification
  • Equivocation
  • Begging the Question
  • The Question-Begging Epithet
  • Complex Questions
  • Bifurcation
  • Ad Hominem attacks
  • Faulty Appeal to Authority
  • The Strawman Fallacy
  • Affirming the Consequent
  • Denying the Antecedent
  • The Genetic Fallacy
  • The Fallacy of Composition
  • The Fallacy of Division
  • The Hasty Generalization
  • The Sweeping Generalization
  • The “No True Scottsman” Fallacy
  • Special Pleading
  • False Analogy
  • The Fallacy of False Cause
  • The Slippery Slope Fallacy
  • The Fallacy of Irrelevant Thesis
  • Appeal to Force/Fear
  • Appeal to Emotion
  • Appeal to Pity
  • Appeal to Ignorance
  • The Naturalistic Fallacy
  • The Moralistic Fallacy
  • Agumentum ad logicum

As you can see, the book is pretty comprehensive, though its coverage of some of the lesser utilized tactics is pragmatically shorter. I’d recommend it based purely on its merit as a handy resource on logical fallacies

Discerning Truth has the added benefit of identifying those fallacies in evolutionary arguments, providing actual examples of each. These examples aren’t just academic or hypothetical. They’re taken from the mouths of evolutionist themselves. Better yet, Lisle provides a few chapters of such statements and asks us to self-test ourselves to see if we can spot the logical fallacies being utilized! (Don’t worry. The answers are provided in te following chapter.)

The funny thing is: Once I beagn to train myself to discern logical fallacies with the information in this book, I began to see how they’ve been prevalently but subtlely saturated into the culture. You’ll see them everywhere! And that makes you think: Is every evolutionary argument based on logical fallacy?

By the time you “finish” Discerning Truth (I keep picking it up to test and train myself to pick out and refute thse logical fallacies), you’ll agree with Dr. Lisle himself:

“I am convinced that evolution is without any intellectual merit whatsoever, and that all arguments for evolution are eitherlogically fallacious, or based on a false premise” (Lisle 8).

Buy your copy of Discerning Truth at the DefGen.org eStore.

-Rev Tony Breeden

From the Bookwyrm’s Lair

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the New Leaf Publishing Group Book review program on CreationConversations.com <http://www.creationconversations.com/group/bookreviewersfornewleafpublishinggroup>. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

About Tony Breeden

Tony Breeden is an author, creation speaker, Gospel preacher, vocalist and artist from West Virginia. He is also the founder of DefendingGenesis.org. Find out about his books at http://TonyBreedenBooks.com.


  1. Pingback: Discerning Truth: Exposing Errors in Evolutionary Arguments by Dr. Jason Lisle, MasterBooks (2010) (via The Bookwyrm’s Lair) | DefendingGenesis.org

  2. Seems like a great resource. Thanks for the review

  3. Pingback: Answering a Critic – Origin Science and Operational Science « CreationLetter.com

  4. Pingback: Most Popular Posts of 2010 | DefendingGenesis.org

  5. Pingback: The Contradictory Nature of atheist Dr Michael Zimmerman’s pro-evolution Clergy Letter Project « CreationLetter.com

  6. Pingback: ET Go Home! How Conservative Christianity’s Rejection of Aliens Reveals Bigger Concerns | Defending Genesis

  7. Pingback: ET Go Home! How Conservative Christianity’s Rejection of Aliens Reveals Bigger Concerns – Creation Exotheology

  8. Pingback: Alien Salvation: Answering A Cartoon Argument Against ETs – Exotheology.org

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: