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01/11/2011

question-begging

Filed under: Logic — anlactunay @ 2:12 PM

question-begging=
The Bible says that God exists.
What the Bible says is true (because the Bible is the word of God)
So. God exists.
This argument has no persuasive power at all. That is because in order to accept the second
premise “What the Bible says is truei: we must accept that it is the word of God and in order to accept
that we must accept that God exists (i.e. the conclusion of the argument!!!). This argument purports to
show that GOD EXISTS ON THE BASIS OF OUR ALREADY ACCEPTING THAT GOD EXISTS. IT IS
CIRCULAR, in other words.
NOBODY WHO DOES NOT ALREADY ACCEPT THAT GOD EXISTS WILL ACCEPT THE
CONCLUSION.

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