Good and Bad Arguments: What’s the Difference?

“You can never reach another physical location: to get there, you have to cross half the intervening distance; next, you have to cross half the distance that remains; next, half again—no matter how far you go, half the remaining distance remains.”

That’s Zeno’s dichotomy paradox, and it’s easy to disagree with. It’s much harder to refute.1

It’s what’s called sophistry: “the use of reasoning or arguments that sound correct but are actually false,”2 or at least misleadingly strong.

But sophistry hasn’t always meant something bad, and the sophists—teacher-scholars who flourished first in Greece and later in Rome—are absolutely worth knowing.

  1. They made some key contributions to early Western thought.
  2. They provided the counterarguments against which Plato and Aristotle, pushing for objective truth and virtue, defined philosophy itself.
  3. They can help you learn to recognize misleading arguments, which, unfortunately, aren’t just an ancient phenomenon.
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  1. Aristotle countered Zeno’s paradox by arguing that as distance decreases, the time needed to cover it decreases correspondingly. Archimedes, and modern calculus, found a way to calculate the sum of infinitely many terms as they get progressively smaller. Diogenes the Cynic simply stood up and walked. []
  2. From Merriam-Webster. []

There’s Still Time to Save on a Platinum Upgrade

platinumIf you’re thinking of taking advantage of upgrade pricing, consider Platinum, which sets you up with a library of more than 1,250 interconnected texts.

The value of networked resources

The books in your library are intelligently tagged to create a dynamic network of resources, available when you need them. Imagine walking into a seminary library and asking that each book be searched for references to Ephesians 4:25–32. Crazy, right? What if you then wanted the relevant books opened to those passages and brought right to you—immediately? Impossible.

With Logos 5, that’s exactly what you get: a vast library, intricately networked with powerful datasets and features so you can find what you’re looking for. The larger your library, the more resources you have to draw on—and the more robust your study.

What’s in Platinum?

Platinum is a practical starting place for insightful research. You get:

  • 558 volumes of Bible commentaries
  • 150 volumes of biblical studies
  • 70 volumes on theology
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Read Aloud with the ESV Audio Bible

A few months ago, we released Logos 5.1 with some exciting additions to the Read Aloud feature. Now you can adjust the reading speed, skip backward 30 seconds if you missed something, drag the progress bar ahead or behind, or scroll through the text to jump the audio ahead with you. With word-for-word audio-to-text synchronization, Logos remembers where you left off anytime you transition from home computer to mobile device.

See for yourself:

 

Now we’re bringing that capability to the ESV.

And even better: it’s free!

Pre-order the ESV Hear the Word Audio Bible free while it’s on Pre-Pub and you’ll have it added to your account once it ships. Continue Reading…

Pre-order These 9 Resources Before They Ship!

Get the newest Logos resources at great prices: take advantage of these nine Pre-Pubs! Many of them are getting close to production, so you’ll want to pre-order today before the prices go up.

Zondervan Biblical Studies and Theology Collection

zondervan-biblical-studies-and-theology-collectionRegularly $241.89—get it for $180.95 on Pre-Pub

This resource provides an excellent selection of contemporary Old and New Testament resources. These texts introduce theological perspectives, interpretive processes, and various ecclesiastical traditions and practices to prepare you for more advanced theological studies. The collection also includes intense, focused studies for experienced scholars.

Augsburg Fortress Old Testament Studies Collection

Regularly $189.95—get it for $139.95 on Pre-Pub

This collection presents eight volumes on Old Testament theology and various Old Testament books. It provides new insights from both Christian and Jewish communities on each major section of the Old Testament, and illustrates how the Old Testament addresses modern concerns. Continue Reading…

New: Rent Logos Resources

We’re excited to announce our brand-new rental program. Now you can choose from seven resources to rent for a low monthly or yearly price and renew for as long as you’d like!

Here are a few reasons Logos rentals are awesome:

  1. If you’re on the fence about purchasing a title, you can try it out before you buy it.1
  2. If you only need a resource for one semester at school or one sermon series, you can rent it when you need it and give it back when you’re done. With the Complete Classic Commentaries Bundle, for example, you can search and study over 1,500 commentaries as you write your term paper—for only $49.95!
  3. Want to use a resource but can’t afford to purchase the entire thing? Now you can rent it for a low price and keep renting it for as long as you want.
  4. If you decide to rent a resource for an entire year, you get it for 12 months but only pay for 10—you get two months free!

Start renting these resources today:

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Logos 5: Highlighted Verses to a Passage List

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

A Logos user recently emailed me the following question:

I highlight various verses in my Bible. Is there a way to place those highlighted verses in some sort of list?

You’ll be happy to know that the answer is yes! Here’s how to do it:

  • Open a Bible.
  • Choose Tools | Highlighting.
  • Select the text of a Bible verse (A).
  • Click a highlighting style, such as Blue Highlighter (B).

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Get an Even Better Deal: Lexham Bible Guides and More

Interested in making Logos’ own in-house publications even more affordable?

We’ve moved numerous Logos Bible Software publications from Pre-Pub to Community Pricing, where you and your peers can have a say in the prices of these insightful volumes. Bid what you think is right, and get your community to place their bids, too! Now’s a great time to get on board and set the prices as low as they’ll ever be.

Here are the products we’ve moved:

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  • Luke: regularly $99.95—suggested bid is currently $50; with more bids, it could go even lower!
  • Ruth: regularly $39.95—suggested bid is $18
  • Jonah: regularly $39.95—suggested bid is $18
  • 1 Peterregularly $39.95—suggested bid is $20

The Lexham Bible Guides are your starting point for study and research. Each guide surveys all the relevant literature on a passage and brings the summary back to you.

As complete introductions to each literary unit in the Bible, these guides will bring new thoroughness to your research.

Lexham Methods Series

Regularly $299.95—suggested bid is $200

The Lexham Methods Series enables pastors to learn, refresh, or master the tools of biblical scholarship—and feel confidently equipped to share the materials with others. Continue Reading…

How to Do Smarter Word Studies

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The Bible Sense Lexicon is a revolutionary tool for understanding biblical words and their meanings. This tool brings together three critical aspects of biblical word study: contexts, words, and meanings.

These relationships can be quite complex. The traditional approach to word study is to start by looking up the Greek or Hebrew word in a dictionary. But dictionaries often don’t reference specific verses, and they offer so many different meanings—how do you know which is right in context?

For example, if we open the ESV to Genesis 9:6 and turn on the inline display, we can see the Strong’s numbers associated with the Hebrew words:

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Free Perseus Update: Understand Scriptural Context with Ancient Texts

Two years ago, Logos made nearly 1,500 Perseus Project books available for free. Now we’re pleased to announce an update that makes the Perseus Classics Collection—a library of some of the West’s most influential, enduring works—even more valuable.

A wealth of primary sources

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If you’re looking to understand Scripture’s context, the Perseus Classics Collection provides a rich assortment of primary documents from the ancient and classical worlds.

Upon release, the Greek Perseus texts already included lemma and morph tagging. That means they enhance your Bible Word Study reports, which pull not only from the New Testament but also from Perseus’ hundreds of Greek texts, helping you understand Greek words’ context.

Additionally, lexicons that cite classical sources link to the Perseus texts. In the Liddell and Scott Greek–English Lexicon, for example, you can jump from citations of Aristotle or Aeschylus to the Perseus editions themselves, saving you time and providing insight into particular instances of a word’s use. Continue Reading…

Back-to-School Savings on the Paul’s Letters Collection

lexham-bible-guides-pauls-letters-collection (1)Students everywhere are buying textbooks and stuffing their backpacks to start a new year of learning. If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic, Logos has you covered. The Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection is now available at back-to-school pricing—it normally costs $534.95, but you can use coupon code BTS2013 to get it for only $429.95 through Friday!

Understanding Paul’s letters is an important part of any Christian’s study. His epistles to the early churches and to his colaborers for Christ make up the majority of the New Testament. This collection of Lexham Bible Guides—one volume for each of Paul’s letters—opens these texts to you in a new and deeper way, guiding you to a fuller understanding of the exegetical and theological issues of Paul’s writings.

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