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God Wildcard Fallacy

 

God Wildcard Fallacy

The God Wildcard Fallacy occurs when Divine mystery is used as an excuse for errors in logic. This is not to say that there are not things that we don’t know, either by Divine revelation through scientific observation, Divine revelation through Scripture, Divine revelation through dreams and visions, and so forth. And, this fallacy is largely abused to try to eliminate God without evidence by using a special pleading fallacy and an argument from ignorance fallacy. That being the case, the God wildcard fallacy cannot be used to cover bad logic such as speculation that is presented as fact. This is a type of the "It's a great mystery" fallacy

Examples of the God Wildcard Fallacy

Sandy: “The Father is the Son. There is no Trinity.”  

Roxanne: “Then how do you explain that Jesus ascended into Heaven and sat at the Right Hand of the Father?”

Sandy: “Jesus ascended into Heaven and sat at the Right Hand of the Father, Whom He is.”

Roxanne: “That seems irrational and very speculative.”

Sandy: “No. It’s absolutely true. It is a great mystery.”

Of course, it is actually an unsupported assertion. God hasn’t revealed any such thing.

Fallacy Abuse

 “I choose not to acknowledge the existence of God, and to that end, I will believe in the Big-Bang-Billions-of-Years-No-Flood-Molecules-to-Man story. Here are the rules. If you can’t answer every question I ask you concerning God, the Creation, the Flood, Salvation, or any other thing, I will accuse you of the God Wildcard Fallacy. However, these rules do not apply to me and my belief in the Big-Bang-Billions-of-Years-No-Flood-Molecules-to-Man story. They are specific laws of logic that eliminate God without having to show any evidence.”

Here, a combination of the special pleading fallacy and an argument from ignorance fallacy are used to deceive. Note that this fallacy is usually veiled in innuendo and other fallacies so that it is harder to detect. No one is likely to state it just this way, because it is too easy to see that fallacies.



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