Fallacies – Argument From Ignorance (Appeal to Ignorance, Argumentum ad Ignorantiam)

Assuming that a claim is true because it has not been or cannot be proven false, or vice versa.

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Fallacies – Argument From Incredulity (Appeal to Common Sense)

"I cannot imagine how this could be true; therefore, it must be false."

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Fallacies – Argument From Fallacy (the Fallacy Fallacy)

Assumption that if an argument for some conclusion is fallacious, the conclusion must also be false.

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Fallacies – Argument From Authority (Appeal to Authority or Argumentum Ad Verecundiam)

A claimed authority's support is used as evidence for an argument's conclusion.

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Fallacies – Fallacy of Division

Assuming that something which is true of a thing must also be true of some or all of its parts (reverse of the Fallacy of Composition).

Why Jesus Hates Religion: Part 2 – Ignorance and Enlightenment

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Ignorance and Enlightenment

The enemy has used both ignorance and “enlightenment” (or the perception of it) to mislead many.

Even thechurch has been used many times to lead people into darkness – or to keep them there.

In the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church capitalized on the ignorance of the laity regarding the truth of the Bible – deceiving and exploiting them for sordid gain. The heart and truth of God was greatly misunderstood, if it was known at all.

And then came an “Age of Enlightenment”, in which God was “reasoned” by some out of existence.

The enemy is clever, and uses the trend of the day to deceive people.

Unfortunately, we sometimes seem to be less clever, either following the trend of the day for the sake of following it, or clinging so tightly to tradition that we miss the truth.

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Fallacies – Fallacy of Composition

Assuming that something true of part of the whole must also be true of the whole.

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Fallacies – Genetic Fallacy

"I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good." - Seneca

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Fallacies – Circular Cause and Consequence

The consequence of the phenomenon is claimed to be its root cause. Example: "Sue is lethargic and has poor hygiene habits, therefore, she is depressed." (In other words, Sue is depressed because she's lethargic and has poor hygiene habits.) Here, the consequences (lethargy, poor hygiene) of the phenomenon (depression) are being claimed as the root …

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Fallacies – Intro

Ever been stuck in an argument, knowing that the other person's logic is faulty, but not knowing exactly why or how?