|Straw Man Fallacy|
Straw Man Fallacy
The straw man fallacy occurs when a position or belief is misrepresented; then the misrepresented position is easily defeated. The straw man fallacy is very common among billions-of-years-believers, evolutionists and atheists. It creates a distorted image of the opposing view. The straw man fallacy is usually used in refutation by misstating the argument being refuted. Rather than refuting the real argument, the other side constructs a man of straw, which is easy to knock down, making the other person(s) look bad.
Examples of the Straw Man Fallacy
This quote from Bo Bennet is an excellent example of a straw man argument and also equivocation. Putting the virgin birth in the plural is a form of the logical fallacy of the question-begging epithet. But to the point of this particular fallacy, Bo confuses the faith of God with the make-believe faith of the ungodly. The faith of God is not without evidence. It comes by hearing and hearing comes by the utterance of God. When we acknowledge God speaking to us, faith comes. In reality, revelation is the only way that we can know anything for certain. And all faith comes by hearing the utterance of God.
Note how nuanced Fuz Rana's comment is. Often, fallacies are clouded in innuendo as a hedging tactic. The thoughts are clear enough that the readers get the message but unclear enough that the person committing the fallacy can easily provide an alternate explanation for their claim--"That's not what I meant."--when they are called on the fallacy.
This is a combination of the straw man fallacy, the question-begging epithet, and the equivocation fallacy. It equivocates on the word, evolution. The first time the word, evolution, is used, it means changes from generation to generation within every kind of living thing—which has indeed been observed and no one argues with that.
The straw man is the implication that those who believe what God says about origins do not believe the science by which we know that there are minor changes from generation to generation.
The second time the word, evolution, is used, it means molecules-to-man evolution—which has never been observed. The fallacy is used as a ploy to avoid facing the fact that there is no evidence that conclusively shows that molecules-to-man evolution actually happened and plenty of evidence that indicates that it isn't even possible.
With the complete thought expressed, this person was saying, "We have evidence that God does not exist. You simply believe God exists with no evidence. Therefore, God does not exist." It is plain that there is more than one fallacy here. There is a universal negative, which claims omniscience in the first premise. But, focusing on the very common straw man of faith being simple make-believe, this is a case of the ungodly being guilty of their own straw man accusation, while those who follow Christ have evidence. There is no evidence for any argument against God other than made-up stories and assumptions, which must be taken on make-believe faith. However, biblical faith comes by hearing the Utterance of God. This faith is divine trust and belief that is given as a free gift when we acknowledge His leading, and it is powerful to give us access to His grace, which, in turn, says His words and does His works through us. So the accusation is a straw man and an example of someone accusing another of the very thing of which they themselves are guilty.
Sandy brought yet another straw man argument by claiming that Roxanne is assuming God exists. This would be an easy position to knock down if that's all that Christ-followers do. That would make their faith no different than the faith of the person who believes in big bang, an Earth billions of years old, or evolution. The faith that Christ-followers have comes by hearing, specifically by hearing the Utterance of God.
Maybe some creationists claim this. Who knows? But, in general, creationists don’t claim that God made the Earth appear old, and the Earth doesn’t appear old. Age cannot be seen. The Earth appears created completely. God has revealed that the Earth was fully functioning from the beginning. The actual observation/science is very compatible with an Earth that is only a few thousand years old.
Last updated: Aug, 2014
Toons & Vids
Logical Fallacy of Avoiding the Issue / Avoiding the Question / Missing the Point / Straying Off the Subject / Digressing / Distraction
Logical Fallacy of Misleading Vividness
Logical Fallacy of Dodging the Question
Logical Fallacy of Ignoratio Elenchi / Irrelevant Conclusion
Logical Fallacy of Irrelevant Question
Logical Fallacy of Proof by Consequences / Argument from Consequences / Parade of the Horribles / Argumentum Ad Consequentiam / Appeal to Consequences of a Belief / Argument to the Consequences
Logical Fallacy of Appeal to Bribery / Appeal to Motives in Place of Support
Logical Fallacy of Red Herring / Digression / Diversion / Evading the Issue / Side-tracking
Dodge of Answering a Question with a Question
Dodging by Answering a Different Question / Answering a Question That Was Not Asked
Logical Fallacy of Non-Support
Logical Fallacy of Logic Chopping / Quibbling / Quibble / Splitting-Hairs / Nit-Picking / Trivial Objections / Smokescreen / Blowing Smoke / Befogging the Issue / Clouding the Issue / Megatrifle / Trivial Objections / Cavil / Spurious Superficiality
Admitting a Small Fault to Cover a Big Denial
Logical Fallacy of Arguing a Minor Point and Ignoring the Main Point
Logical Fallacy of Ad Misericordiam / Appeal to pity / Appeal to Sympathy / The Galileo Argument
Galileo Wannabe Fallacy / Galileo Argument (Appeal to Pity)
Logical Fallacy of Appeal to Novelty / appeal to the New / Ad Novitam
Logical Fallacy of Appeal to High Tech
Logical Fallacy of Appeal to Tradition / Argumentum Ad Antiquitatem / Appeal to Common Practice / Appeal to Antiquity / Proof from Tradition / Appeal to Past Practice / Gadarene Swine Fallacy / Traditional Wisdom
Logical Fallacy of The Way We Have Always Done It
Logical Fallacy of Appeal to Desperation
Straw Man Fallacy
Logical Fallacy of Extension
In a Certain Respect and Simply / Secundum Quid Et Simpliciter Fallacy
Logical Fallacy of Appeal to Extremes
Logical Fallacy of Taking a Quote Out of Context / Contextomy (type of) / Abstraction / Quote Mining
Logical Fallacy of Misquoting
Logical Fallacy of Accent / Accent Fallacy / Accent by Emphasis / Emphatic Fallacy
Logical Fallacy of Accent by Abstraction / Emphasis by Abstraction
Misleading Context Fallacy / Contextomy
Logical Fallacy of Misinterpretation
The Mind Game of Playing Dumb
Logical Fallacy of Arcane Explanation
Logical Fallacy of Hyperbole
Logical Fallacy of Exaggeration / Stretching the Truth / Overstatement
Logical Fallacy of Irrelevant Thesis
Logical Fallacy of Burden of Proof / Shifting the Burden of Proof
Logical Fallacy of Demanding an Uneven Burden of Proof / Demanding Uneven Standards of Acceptance
Burden of Proof Fallacy Fallacy
Logical Fallacy of Argument to Moderation / Argumentum Ad Temperantiam / Middle Ground / False Compromise
Logical Fallacy of False Fallacy / Fallacy Abuse
Logical Fallacy of Confusing an Explanation with Proof
Logical Fallacy of Moralism
Logical Fallacy of Ought-Is / Moralistic Fallacy / Moral Fallacy
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Logical Fallacy of Notable Effort
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