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Logical Fallacy of Reductio Ad Hitlerum / Ad Nazium / Hitler Card


Logical Fallacy of Reductio Ad Hitlerum / Ad Nazium / Hitler Card

Reductio ad Hitlerum 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 Logical Fallacy of Reductio Ad Hitlerum / Ad Nazium / Hitler Card occurs when associating a position/person/concept with someone or something that is universally reviled is used as a faulty analogy in place of sound reasoning. This fallacy has been used politically to the point where it is quickly pointed out. At the same time, it is sometimes abused.

Examples of the Logical Fallacy of Reductio Ad Hitlerum / Ad Nazium / Hitler Card

Greg Laden: "Germany was a Christian nation long before the Nazi’s came along in the 1920s. When the Nazi’s [sic] took power in Germany, they were widely and generally supported. Even after the defeat of the Third Reich in 1945, a majority of the German People (in a survey conducted by the US military) remained sympathetic to the Nazis and wished for a return of surviving Nazi leaders. Most Germans were either active members of the Nazi party or were sympathetic, and most were Christians, mainly Catholic. (There were a lot of non-Christian Germans at the beginning of this period, but the Christian Germans killed or drove away most of them.) Most Germans were anti Semitic and many were directly involved in the slaughter of over six million Jews and other “undesirables.” The Holocaust was a perfectly logical extension of over a century of increasingly bitter and obsessive anti Semitism evolving hand and hand with German Catholic political ideology and white supremacist doctrine in Germany and elsewhere. There were no Atheists involved in any of this. None."

This is an attempt to associate Christianity with the Nazis and to dissassociate Atheism with the same. The conclusion is not spoken, but, judging from the site, it would be about the same as the rest of the articles: therefore, there is no God and Atheism is fact. Racism cannot be said to be compatible with Scripture without extreme use of fallacies. Through the Scripture, God reveals to humanity that there is only one physical race, the human race. In the spirit realm, there are two families, those whose Father is God and those whose father is Satan. Racism is incompatible with Scripture and the revelation that God is giving us. However, racism is compatible with evolutionism and the rationalizations that spring from it. For these reasons, this is the Hitler card fallacy. 


Fallacy Abuse

Roxanne: "Historically, we know that there were many leading Nazis and influential German biologists who revealed, in their writings, that Darwinism was a major influence on the Nazi race policies."

Sandra: "There you go, playing the Hitler card."

Roxanne: "The Hitler card is an analogy fallacy or an ad hominem fallacy, but I wasn't making an analogy or attacking any person. I was noting the link between Darwinism and racism. This is not to prove that Creation it true or that God is real. It is not to prove that Darwinism is false either. So no fallacy was committed. Darwinism is compatible with racism, since it assumes races, while God reveals, through Scripture, that we are all of one race. Races only in the fallen and deceived human mind."

This is history. Even today, evolutionists write articles from time to time that link racism to evolutionism. They imply that some people with different shaped heads are less evolved than others. In fact, Bill Nye made such a statement. Here is his quote: "Now here’s an interesting thing. These are fossil skulls that people have found all around the world." At this point, Bill showed a slide of many human skulls. "I can assure you that not any of them is a gorilla. Where would you put modern humans among these skulls? How did all these skulls get all over the Earth in this extraordinary fashion? Where would you put us?" That implies races, that we are somehow different from all these other humans because our skulls are shaped a little bit differently. And I'm not using this as a reason to disbelieve evolutionism. I'm just pointing out a problem. The reason to disbelieve evolutionism is the fact that God says that He created the Heavens and the Earth in six days. We know this to be true by Divine revelation just as we know that the Bible is God's Word and without error by Divine revelation.

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