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Invincible Authority Fallacy / Appeal to Invincible Authority

 

Invincible Authority Fallacy / Appeal to Invincible Authority

The invincible authority fallacy / appeal to invincible authority occurs when a false claim is made that a source of information cannot be questioned. The only invincible authority is God. All others must prove their statements. If God reveals something, He is the Invincible Authority, and the fallacy has not been committed.

Examples of the Invincible Authority Fallacy / Appeal to Invincible Authority

Sandy: "The scientists [What is unspoken is that this term, the scientists, only includes those scientists who buy into the Big-Bang-Billions-of-Years-No-Flood-Molecules-to-Man story] agree that the Big-Bang-Billions-of-Years-No-Flood-Molecules-to-Man story is a scientific fact."

Rocky: "Have you personally examined the evidence?"

Sandy: "I have no access to it. Besides, the evidence is vast. No one person could personally examine it all. And, it requires expertise that I don't have. But I trust the scientists."

Rocky: "So you base your belief in the Big-Bang-Billions-of-Years-No-Flood-Molecules-to-Man story on a kind of rationalized faith and trust in these particular scientists?"

Sandy: "I guess so, but they can't be wrong."

Invincible authority is probably the main fallacy that is taught at the Secular Humanist, government-run schools. No one gets to check all the actual evidence. Most of the presuppositions, assumptions, and flimflam is hidden from the students. It's like taking candy from a baby to fool them.

Sandy: "There is no God."

Rocky: "What makes you think so."

Sandy: "My professor at school says so."

Rocky: "What if your professor is wrong."

Sandy: "That isn't possible."

How easy it is to look at professors as invincible gods. When you have many in a phony consensus, it's even easier to put them on this pedestal.

FALLACY ABUSE

Rocky: "I know that God created the Heavens and the Earth in six days because God reveals that fact to me. I know it by Divine revelation."

Sandy: "How does He reveal it? Does he text you a message?"

Rocky: "He reveals to my innermost mind that the Bible is His Word and that it is without error. Then, He speaks to me through the Bible. He confirms this through His creation, through science."

Sandy: "So, you are claiming that the Bible is an invincible authority. That is a fallacy."

Rocky: "That is a straw man argument. In fact, God is the only invincible authority. He wrote the Bible through holy men of God. He preserved it to us through His power. He reveals to us that it is His Word without error. He speaks through it. He is the invincible authority, not the letter of the Bible."

Sandy is committing fallacy abuse in accusing Rocky of having unwarranted trust in the Bible. In fact, since God wrote Bible, preserved the Bible, and speaks through the Bible, what He says can be trusted. He doesn't play word games with the Bible. What He says through it is what He means. But we don't have faith in the Bible. We have the faith of God that comes by hearing His rhema (utterance).



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