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.
In reaffirming believers:
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.
Faith, by definition, relies on a belief that does not rest on logic or evidence. Faith depends on irrational thought.
- "Once you believe it, you will understand!"
- "If you accept the Lord, you will understand!"
- "If you would only take Maslow at his word, you would finally get it!"
- "The way in which I know Christianity is true is first and foremost on the basis of the witness of the Holy Spirit in my heart. And this gives me a self-authenticating means of knowing Christianity is true wholly apart from the evidence." — William Lane Craig combining an appeal to faith with several other fallacies, including an appeal to authority (and a faith-based one at that).
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- Appeal to faith, C. George Boeree
- Logical Fallacy Lesson 7: Appeal to Faith, Rational Responders