Posts Tagged ‘Analysis’

Knowledge Enhanced

In 06 Scripture & Theology on 2011/04/18 at 9:06 PM

In order to acquire knowledge effectively, one needs to follow a certain logical order. First come the facts (knowledge), which you must seek to understand.  Once understood, in order to make it practical, you need to apply it to yourself.  For deeper understanding, it is essential  first take the content apart (analysis) and then re-assemble it, (synthesis) in order to decide its moral, ethical or practical value (evaluation).

Following are some questions in the Scriptural realm:


KNOWLEDGE: Who exactly was he?

UNDERSTANDING: What was his mission, his role?

APPLICATION: What can we learn from him?

ANALYSIS: What is his place in salvation history?

SYNTHESIS: How is he a link between the Old and New Testament?

EVALUATION: How did he fulfill his role? What did Jesus think of him?


KNOWLEDGE: What was his station in life?

UNDERSTANDING: Why did he come to Jesus?

APPLICATION: What great lesson do we learn through him?

ANALYSIS: What concept did he originally fail to grasp?

SYNTHESIS: How did he act later?

EVALUATION: What lesson does he give? What did Jesus think of him?


KNOWLEDGE: Who was she?

UNDERSTANDING: What was she seeking?

APPLICATION: What can we learn from her?

ANALYSIS: What was her role in saving others?

SYNTHESIS: What did she receive?

EVALUATION: What role did she play in salvation history? What did Jesus think of her?


KNOWLEDGE: Why this one?

UNDERSTANDING: How did Jesus handle the situation?

APPLICATION: How should we deal with accusers?

ANALYSIS: What admonition did our Lord give her (and us)?

SYNTHESIS: What point did Christ make ?

EVALUATION: What do you think she should have done? What did Jesus think of her?


KNOWLEDGE: How did this blind man get cured?

UNDERSTANDING: What transformations did he undergo?

APPLICATION: Do we really see or do we have cataracts?

ANALYSIS: How many forms of blindness were evident?

SYNTHESIS:How did he handle the priests and teachers of the law?

EVALUATION: How did he testify for Christ to them? What did Jesus think of him?


KNOWLEDGE: What was the relationship between Lazarus and Christ?

UNDERSTANDING: Why did Christ wait to go to him when he was ill?

APPLICATION: What does this tell us about God’s timing and plans?

ANALYSIS:  Why did Jesus command him by name?

SYNTHESIS:  What were the concepts on afterlife?

EVALUATION: What would have been his “living” testimony? What did Jesus think of him?


KNOWLEDGE: What was his position?

UNDERSTANDING: What were his main concerns?

APPLICATION: Did he give our Lord a fair trial and sentence?

ANALYSIS: What does his appeasement reveal of his character?

SYNTHESIS: How did deal with the Jews and Christ?

EVALUATION: How is TRUTH recognized?  What did Jesus think of Pilate?

CONTRAST: Jesus & Barabbas, Peter & Judas, Pilate & Nicodemus


Inductive/Deductive Thinking

In 07 Observations on 2011/04/11 at 5:49 PM

There are two basic forms of valid reasoning: Inductive and Deductive.  INDUCTIVE reasoning argues from the PARTICULAR to the general. DEDUCTIVE reasoning argues from the GENERAL to a specific instance.

Writers and professors with an INDUCTIVE orientation start with details and gradually build to an understanding of the larger picture.

In a history course you can start with the details of historical events and build up to an analysis of the underlying motivations for those events.  This style is referred as a facts-to-idea style.

Writers and professors with a DEDUCTIVE orientation start with intuitive ideas or a concept and illustrate or prove them with supportive information or facts. This style starts with a big idea, but many persons get lost in the process and bogged down by too many details.

I use both methods in teaching history depending on the situation. I find it is best to use both methods in teaching because each mind functions differently:  some minds lean towards INDUCTIVE reasoning while other minds employ DEDUCTIVE reasoning more naturally.

It is a case of what in Spanish is termed: “Cada loco con su tema” which translates roughly as “Each nut has its theme.”


Christian and Historian

In 13 History on 2011/04/09 at 1:32 AM

Recently I heard a noted historian say that a historian is trained to be a cynic.  It is said that a cynic is considered a doubter. In the discipline of history, one has to search for the truth.  This implies the need to question in order to verify the credibility of the statement or source or both.

A Christian historian certainly follows this methodological procedure which is a hallmark of historiography; however, he does not use the same measure for matters of faith because these are of a totally different nature.  The matters of faith are revealed truths, which Jesus Christ the Son of God revealed.  The believer accepts these easily because he is accepting them on the Word of God who can neither deceive nor be deceived.

The Christian historian has one tremendous advantage in that he can more accurately evaluate the past in the light of Truth and apply it to the present, so that it can be a reliable guide for the future.

The Agatha Idea

In 14 Book Corner on 2011/04/03 at 12:56 AM


If you wish to learn logic, here is a good activity for young and not so young.

Read any Agatha Christie, but I would recommend starting with “And Then There Were None”

1. As you read and find the first person you think that did it, write that name down.

2. As you find evidence that exonerates that person, write what the reason is for exonerating him or her.

3. When you find evidence that contradicts that exoneration, write what that evidence is.

And do these three points for every suspect you get. (You will find you have quite a list).

It is fun being de-railed by “red herrings” and then getting back on the “scent”.

Agatha Christie wrote over a hundred books which have been translated into all major languages.  I have read & re-read them all.  The story line of each book is more interesting and challenging than the sappy version now being mangled by TV versions that would irritate Agatha.

Here is an excerpt from the first reply I received:

My niece is an avid reader and an honors English student.  I shared your idea about reading an Agatha Christie novel and capturing the “who-done-it,” the why and what clues change the “prognosis.”  We tossed around the idea of selecting a Christie novel together to read over spring or summer break and plan to follow the steps you outlined.  She liked the idea.  I suspect my other niece, 12, might also like to join in.