|Logical Fallacy of Stereotyping|
Logical Fallacy of Stereotyping
The logical fallacy of stereotyping 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 Stereotyping occurs when an assumption is made that what is considered to be true (or thought to be true) of a larger class/group is true for ALL the members of that class/group. A class or a group can be any persons, places, or things. The word, "stereotyping," is generally used in regard to people, however. Often, stereotypes are built on extremely small sample sizes, hearsay, or no evidence at all. Most of the condemnation of stereotyping takes place when the stereotyping is in regard to gender, race, or non-Christian religions. For some reason, it is widely considered politically correct to use stereotyping in regard to Christians, particularly Christians who believe what God is telling them through Scripture.
Examples of the Logical Fallacy of Stereotyping
The liberal news media began using the same word, fundamentalist, to describe Christians who believe the Bible and Muslim terrorists.
By using the same word to describe two radically different groups, the media works to create a violent stereotype of Christians in the minds of the masses.
Applying a general rule to an entire population based on one person is known as stereotyping, and it is a logical fallacy.
The word, Christian, is a very general word. Originally, it meant Christ-one. While some Christians are Christ-ones today, many are not. In fact, you may have to search for a while before you find a person who actually knows Christ personally and is walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, being led moment-by-moment. However, you won't find a perfect follower of Christ, because the Church has not yet come to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ as prophesied in Ephesians 4. Rather, we are all learning to hear His Voice more clearly and to respond in submission more completely.
(Note that the word, "Christian," is used with many different meanings. Some who are "Christian" actually know Christ and follow Him moment by moment. They don't worship theologies, theories, or ideas. They know that King of kings personally and worship Him. Some who are "Christian" follow dead forms and rituals while others follow entertainment and think that human feeling is the Holy Ghost. Some who are "Christian" have no desire to fellowship with other believers or to reach higher heights or deeper depths in Christ Jesus. Some who are "Christian" don't think that the Bible is the Word of God without error. Some who are "Christians" have a mean, vindictive, nasty religion. Some who are "Christian" have engaged in violence against any who disagreed with them--we don't see that much any more, but it happened several hundred years ago. All in all, that is a wide range of people all labeled with the same word, "Christian." While the labeling problem has more to do with fallacies other than stereotyping, it is related in that stereotypes tend to be applied to labels.)
Last updated: Sep, 2014
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