Fallacy Fallacy examples

The fallacy fallacy is a fallacy that asserts that because an argument is fallacious, the conclusion of the argument is false. Examples: 1) Person A: 1) If Socrates is a man, then Socrates is mortal 2) Socrates is mortal 3) Therefore, Socrates is a man Person B: That's a fallacious argument; therefore, Socrates was not …

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Should theists grant that there is some evidence for God’s non-existence?

The short answer is, yes, theists (and Christians) should grant that there is some evidence against God's existence. To clarify, this does not mean that theists think this evidence is very good, nor that it is sufficient to warrant belief in God's non-existence. One reason a theist should be motivated to accept that there is …

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Why it’s incorrect, even for atheists, to say that there’s no evidence for God’s existence

There are many claims that turn out to be false, but that does not mean there wasn't some evidence for the claim in question. So, even if one thinks that God does not exist, that doesn't mean that there isn't any evidence for God's existence. Therefore, I think there is a subtle shift from some …

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Edward Feser claims he has demonstrated God’s existence with certainty

In his new book dealing with arguments for God's existence, Edward Feser claims that his arguments demonstrate that God exists with certainty. One can interpret this in two ways. The first interpretation isn't saying anything substantial, and the second interpretation is extremely implausible. The first interpretation says something like, "My arguments are deductive arguments for God's existence. …

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Edward Feser’s bad objections to the Hiddenness argument

Edward Feser recently came out with a new book on arguments for God's existence. In the book, he has a brief section where he responds to the argument from divine hiddenness. But, Feser objections seemed to be based on total misunderstandings at worst, or they are weak objections at best. The former is ironic because …

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Can you be both an atheist and an agnostic?

It's common these days to hear that one can be both an atheist and an agnostic. However, even though this position appears nuanced, it actually ends up causing more confusion! When atheism and agnosticism are understood as being mutually exclusive, as they were originally intended, it's my opinion that there is less confusion in conversations about …

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Is saying that some theists are irrational dependent on whether theism is true?

Plantinga says that in order to say that theism is irrational, one must first show that theism is false or that Plantinga's own model of warranted religious belief is false. Hence, Plantinga is saying that the question of rationality is not independent of the question of truth, according to his model. One problem I have …

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The evidential argument from evil, skeptical theism, and the threshold problem

The evidential argument from evil says that the evils we see in our actual world count as good evidence against the existence of God. Rowe's argument, in particular, says that the existence of gratuitous suffering, if it exists, would count as good evidence against God's existence. Skeptical theism is a response to Rowe's argument which …

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