The Art of Reasoning
Logic is known as the art of reasoning. Isaac Watts, the famous hymn writer, defined logic as “the right use of reason after truth.” Watts compared the use of logic to a man drawing water from a well. We would like our students to be able to use their minds to draw out truth, to think clearly, and to base conclusions on proper premises.
- Logic teaches students to apply rules to arguments, avoiding traps both subtle and emotional.
- Students learn to evaluate arguments and determine whether they are valid or invalid.
- Students learn the relationship between premises and conclusions and practice finding flaws in arguments that weaken them.
- Students are taught to test for truth by applying the Scriptures.
Such practice develops the ability to read, write, and think. It helps students evaluate other people’s beliefs and clearly express their own. It also prepares students for reading the books and oratory of the great statesmen, writers, and philosophers of western civilization.