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Logical Fallacy of Projection

 

Logical Fallacy of Projection

Projection is one of the many smokescreens that are used to cover the fact that the reasoning is based on one of the three fallacies of Agrippa's trilemma. Whenever a logical fallacy is committed, the fallacy has its roots in Agrippa's trilemma. All human thought (without Divine revelation) is based on one of three unhappy possibilities. These three possibilities are infinite regress, circular reasoning, or axiomatic thinking. This problem is known as Agrippa's trilemma. Some have claimed that only logic and math can be known without Divine revelation; however, that is not true. There is no reason to trust either logic or math without Divine revelation. Science is also limited to the pragmatic because of the weakness on human reasoning, which is known as Agrippa's trilemma.

The projection fallacy occurs when anyone projects their own traits, thoughts, or actions onto another person or persons.

Examples of the Logical Fallacy of Projection

Sandy: "You Christians just believe that God exists without any evidence."

Roxanne: "Actually, we have evidence, the best kind of evidence, personal experience with the living Christ. This is first-hand observation. Please don't project your acceptance of Atheism with no evidence on us, accusing us of the same kind of irrational thinking as your are using."

The projection fallacy is very common in the accusation that followers of Christ are just believing without evidence. The fact is the all believers in evolution, big bang, billions of years, Atheism, and abiogenesis are making believe that these things are true. Every so-called evidence for any of these requires made-up stories, arbitrary assumptions, irrational thinking or outright lies. On the other hand, biblical faith is based on revelation. Revelation is the opposite of making things up. Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the word (Greek: rhema = utterance) of God. God speaks/leads. We acknowledge Him and His faith is imparted to us. This kind of faith is a supernatural belief and trust that is powerful enough to give us access to God's grace, and God's grace then thinks His Thoughts, says His Words, and does His Acts through us. That's why there are miraculous healings, lives are turned around, miracles take place, and righteousness is possible. Of course, we are very immature in this faith and still have a fleshly nature that holds us back, but we are learning, and we are not making it up as the ungodly are.

Sandy: "I'm a Christian, a great teacher of righteousness, but I don't have any desire to hear God's Voice, and I don't think it is possible. You just read the Bible and use your own reasoning. That's it. I don't hear His Voice, and I don't believe that anyone else does."

Rocky: "I'm a follower of Christ. Jesus says that His sheep hear His Voice. That has been my experience. I'm sorry that you don't have this experience, and it isn't my role to try to guess why you don't, but I can just tell you that it's available to you, if you love Christ and want to commit your will to following Him, even putting your most precious theologies at the foot of the cross so that the Lord can correct you if necessary. However, projecting your lack of real experience with Christ on every person who follows Christ is not right."

Sandy is guilty of the fallacy of projection, so much so that he would be willing to say that anyone who actually has a personal relationship with Christ is not a "Real Christian."



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