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Logical Fallacy of Argument by Selective Refutation

 

Logical Fallacy of Argument by Selective Refutation

The Logical Fallacy of Argument by Selective Refutation occurs when several arguments have been put forward to support a given conclusion, but the strong arguments are ignored while the weak ones are refuted. This is a form of straw man. It is also a red herring.

Examples of the Logical Fallacy of Argument by Selective Refutation

Two people are discussing an issue that has thoroughly discussed by others. One person brings up a reason that cannot be refuted. Rather than address that reason, the other person, addresses some different, very weak reasoning that he found on a web page on this subject.

Roxanne: "God reveals plainly that He created the Heavens, Earth, sea, and everything in them is six days. He created Adam on day six, and there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 4,000 years between Adam and Christ, which God speaks to us about through the geneologies. So, we know that much."

Sandra: "You believe the Bible is the Word of God because the Bible says that it's the Word of God. That's circular reasoning."

Sandra has ignored what Roxanne said about Divine revelation, the foundation of Roxanne's reasoning. Instead, Sandra pulled some weak circular reasoning that she had read about on an Atheist website that was attacking the Bible. The Atheist website was using a straw man argument that was not part of Roxanne's reasoning at all.

 

 



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