This brief introduction to making effective arguments helps readers to understand the basics of sound reasoning and to learn how to use it to persuade others. Practical, inexpensive, and easy-to-read, the book enables students in a wide variety of courses to improve the clarity of their writing and public speaking. It equips readers to formulate firmly grounded, clearly articulated, and logically arranged arguments, avoid fallacious thinking, and discover how to reason well. This supplemental text is especially suitable for use in Christian colleges and seminaries and includes classroom discussion questions. (Amazon)
Introduction: Why Arguments Are Good.
Argument is a word that is easily misunderstood. For many of us, hearing this word brings to mind something unpleasant or something we try to avoid. When a friend comes to you saying that she has recently been in an argument with an acquaintance, this is typically bad news. It involves dispute, conflict, disagreement, heightened emotions, and stress. This may be your initial reaction if you are reading this book as an assignment for a class. Thankfully, this book is not about verbal disputes, fights, emotional disagreements, or shouting matches. The word argument, as we are using it simply refers to the process of giving reasons or evidence in support of a belief or claim.
Holland, Richard A. and Forrest, Benjamin, "Good Arguments" (2017). Faculty Publications and Presentations. 39.