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A podcast that highlights the importance of the life of the Christian mind

Customer Reviews

Lacks actual critical thinking...

If you're looking for a podcast on critical thinking, keep looking... this is probably not your cup of tea. I downloaded this podcast because of its catchy name but failed to read the description. I didn't realize it was produced by Christians and arguably for Christians. The podcast is essentially comprised of a host and guest discussing theology, philosophy, apologetics, and the underpinnings of critical thinking... but leans towards the Christian point of view and fails to adequately engage (or accurately represent) multiple viewpoints. This is potentially due in part to the format which feels a bit contrived considering the the host interviewer and guest interviewee are always the same. To their credit, it seems these two gentlemen are very well versed in philosophy and passionate about the topic, but don't demonstrate they posses the scientific background or knowledge to to even emulate "thought debates" on the topics covered. As a result, the argumentation feels shallow and unilaterally slanted towards the Christian world-view. I listened to 5 episodes before giving up. On one hand, Kenneth Sample (the guest) does a great job of explaining the nuts and bolts of critical thinking, how to construct an argument, common logical fallacies, but then almost in the same breath manages to throw away exactly what he propsed [seemingly] in order to support a heavy bias towards a Christian world-view. Might be more interesting if they had other guests with different points of view joining the conversation.

What I've been looking for

I am not a student of critical thinking, but I love C.S. Lewis, I love Christ, and I want to learn how to explain my faith better. Kenneth Samples is AWESOME, and he is teaching me how to refrain from my tendency to always want to debate, to avoid ad hominems and straw-man theories, and how to stick to the main issue being discussed. Straight Thinking is what I have been looking for in a podcast. PLEASE, Kenneth, don't stop. I have been through every podcast, and I love them all, love your moderator, too (Joe). FYI, the minute I have the funds, I'll be buying Without a Doubt, but in the meantime, keep going. Between the Science News Flash (way over my head, but I love it) and your podcast, I feel like I am spending my time wisely by listening to you. is amazing, will keep recommending it. Love the new website as well.

Why deception?

There are no reasons, no straight thinking, not even philosophy. It is clearly as religious podcast. Why deception? Why is it not categorised as a religious podcast?

Straight Thinking
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  • Category: Philosophy
  • Language: English

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