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Appeal to faith

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An appeal to faith (or an appeal to belief) occurs when someone argues that you must first accept the truth of a statement in order to be able to rationally accept the truth of the statement.

The fallacy is a form of circular logic and an informal fallacy.

Form[edit]

In reaffirming believers:


P1: I have faith that X is true.
P2: (unstated) Everything I believe is true.
C1: X is true.

In shutting down nonbelievers:


P1: It is impossible to determine whether X is true unless you believe that X is true.
P2: You do not believe that X is true.
C1: You cannot determine whether X is true.

Explanation[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Faith

Faith, by definition, relies on a belief that does not rest on logic or evidence. Faith depends on irrational thought.

Furthermore, privileging a belief by saying that it is immune to criticism from those who don't accept it is special pleading and can never fail, making it circular logic.

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