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 regression, circular reasoning, or axiomatic thinking. This is known as Agrippa's trilemma. Some have claimed that only logic and math can be known; however, that is not true. Without Divine revelation, neither logic nor math can be known. Science is limited only to pragmatic thinking because of the weakness of human reasoning, which is known as Agrippa's trilemma. Pious fraud, a form of axiomatic thinking, is one of these three unhappy possibilities.
Pious Fraud occurs when the end is said to justify the means.
Examples of Pious Fraud
No source is given for these figures, and mostly it is impossible to get these statistics. Pro-abortionists used the number, 5,000-10,000 deaths yearly in the U.S. due to illegal abortions prior to Roe v Wade. They later admitted that this was a useful number to win the court case when the actual number was 39 deaths.
The abortion industry was first driven by a group of people who were certain that they were correct. This certainty was based on assumptions. Because they were so certain, lies were justified.
This is the "Fake it until you make it" fallacy. Pretend you are certain of the Big-Bang-Billions-of-Years-No-Flood-Molecules-to-Man story that has no real evidence, and the students will be ignorant of the facts and become evolutionistic evangelists. (This example comes from here.)
In opposition to the Ark Encounter in Kentucky, anti-Bible activists are launching a campaign of disinformation, even claiming that the amusement park is being built with public funds. In reality, any tourist attraction can apply for incentives that will eventually give them a portion of the State sales tax that they collect.
For those who have an anti-Bible mindset, lying in this way is justified if it makes it harder to build the amusement part with a Noah’s Ark theme.
Under Secularism, Atheism, Agnosticism, Naturalism, Materialism, Post Modernism, Relativism, or any other philosophies that fall under the Münchhausen Trilemma, presentation is at least as important as content.
Bill Nye has, since a debate in which he argued against Creation science, said that style and presentation are as important as content.
Dave Oldridge: "In philosophy, we call it the pious fraud fallacy, and all creationist apologists are guilty of it to some degree or other."
Notice that Dave makes this claim with no example. That doesn't automatically make it a lie. Perhaps he would be able to give an example for every person who gives a reason why he or she understands that God created the Heavens and the Earth in six days. The word, "all," implies that Dave is all-knowing. This is a fallacy. The physical evidence can be argued either way; however, the argument for the Big-Bang-Billions-of-Years-No-Flood-Molecules-to-Man story has terrible conflicts with what can be observed and no proof of any kind that it actually happened. The Creation-Flood-Young-Earth account, on the other hand, violates no scientific laws. The basis of the Big-Bang-Billions-of-Years-No-Flood-Molecules-to-Man story runs into the Münchhausen Trilemma, which disallows any truth. It disallows any absolutes. On the other hand, the Creation-Flood-Young-Earth account is based on Divine revelation as God speaks directly to each person's innermost mind through Scripture.
Last updated: Sep, 2014
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Logical Fallacy of Ipse dixit /Just Because Fallacy / Trust Me / Mother Knows Best Fallacy / Because I Said So / You'll See
Logical Fallacy of Unsupported Assertion / Alleged Certainty / Appeal to Common Sense / Bare Assertion Fallacy / Unprovable Statement / Groundless Claim
Secret Knowledge Fallacy
Autistic Certainty Fallacy
Logical Fallacy of Assertion Contrary to Fact / Counterfactual Fallacy / Lie / Untruth
Big Lie Technique / Staying on Message
Logical Fallacy of the Outright Lie / Total Lie
Logical Fallacy of the Bold-Faced Lie / Bald-Faced Lie
Appeal to Confidence
Logical Fallacy of Hypothesis Contrary to Fact / Argumentum Ad Speculum / speculative fallacy /
Logical Fallacy of False Prophecy
Argument to the Future / Escape to the Future
Escape Via Ignorance
Logical Fallacy of Argumentum Ex Culo
Logical Fallacy of Blind Obedience / Blind Authority / Team Player
Logical Fallacy of False Accusation / Finding a Fault Where None Exists / False Conflict / False Error
Argument from Omniscience
Logical Fallacy of Universal Negative
As Far As Anyone Knows Fallacy
Proving a Negative Fallacy / Negative Proof Fallacy
Claim of Unknowables Fallacy
The Logical Fallacy of Presupposition/Assumptive Thinking
Irrelevant Purpose Fallacy
Thompson Invisibility Syndrome
Logical Fallacy of Presumption
Grammatical Presupposition / Assumptive Language
Floating Abstraction Fallacy
Logical Fallacy of Proof by Implied Unsupported Assertion / Implied Lie
Spiritual Fallacy / Spiritual Excuse
I Wish I Had a Magic Wand Fallacy / Feigned Powerlessness
Logical Fallacy of False Open-Mindedness
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