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Strawman Fallacy

Proverbs19:20 “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.”   The fallacy of the “Strawman” is changing or exaggerating the opponent’s position or argument to make it easier to refute. What this does is to distort the opponent’s argument just enough to make it weak, because the original argument… Read more »

Appeal to the People

Exodus 23:2 “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd.”   This is another fallacy that we often see being used. “Appeal to the people” is when we claim that our viewpoint is correct because many other people agree… Read more »

Genetic Fallacy

Proverbs 2:6 “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”   Proverbs 15:2 “The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.”  Proverbs 15:28   “The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.”  Proverbs 16:10   “The lips of… Read more »

Faulty Appeal to Authority

Proverbs 2:6 “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”   Proverbs 15:14 “The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.”   Proverbs 16:23 “A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.”   A faulty appeal to authority is an… Read more »

AD HOMINEM

Proverbs 4:24 “Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.” Proverbs 10:11 “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.” Proverbs 11:9 “With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor.” Proverbs 26:28 “A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.”   We… Read more »

Red Herring

Proverbs 22:17-19,21  “Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,  for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.  So that your trust may be in the Lord, I teach you today, even… Read more »

Learning to use our minds!

Proverbs 1:5 “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.”   Proverbs 12:15 “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.”   James 1:19 “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak… Read more »

Series on Fallacies – Fallacy #1 – Words

We live in a world of great deception. It is a world where we find fallacies operating in our debates, TV ads, daily conversations and especially in the political realm. It is important for us to understand these fallacies in order that we too are not deceived. These 14 fallacies are the ones most usually… Read more »

Because – Therefore

We know that with every action – there is a reaction. In other words, we have a ‘because – therefore’ situation.   We see this coming out constantly in the prophetic writings in the Old Testament. For example: Ezekiel 26:2-3 “’Son of man, because that Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that… Read more »

Is There Anything New Under the Sun?

Genesis 1:26-28 “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’  So God created man in his own… Read more »