|Logical Fallacy of Appeal to Possibility / Appeal to Probability|
Logical Fallacy of Appeal to Possibility / Appeal to Probability
The logical fallacy of appeal to possibility 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 appeal to possibility occurs when someone asserts that something is true because it is possible or to say that something is very probable when it is only remotely possible or even impossible.
Examples of the Logical Fallacy of Appeal to Possibility / Appeal to Probability
"Replace the word 'certain' in your life with 'extremely probable'."
An instructional website designed to teach Atheists to argue had this sentence as a tip. Many Atheists are becoming aware of the problem of the logical fallacy of the universal negative but still need the fallacy to promote their beliefs. And Atheists have begun to use the term, "extremely probably," to appear to get around the problem. However they are exchanging one problem for another. When they say that something is probable, several questions must be answered. How probable? Can they put a real number on it? How was the number derived? Is it real? You will find that certain things that are claimed to be extremely probable, such as Atheism, Naturalism, Materialism, Uniformitarianism, Old-Earth/Universe-ism, and Evolutionism are not probable at all. They are false.
This Christian is considering that if something might be possible, then it probably happened--the fallacy of appeal to possibility. Actually, it is only possible if we say that anything is possible, in which case, we are in the land of insanity and irrationality. The public schools and most Universities do a great job of making evolution and big bang seem as if they were possible. The label, Christian, is used because this is a person who has no real contact with the living Christ. He can't say that his faith comes by hearing and his hearing comes by the word (Greek: rhema = utterance) of God, that it's the gift of God lest anyone should boast. All he has is what he has been taught, a theoretical, rationalized faith. He needs to learn to acknowledge Jesus so that He knows Him, and then it will be possible to follow Him.
Have you noticed that evolutionism evangelists never try to prove that the Big-Bang-Billions-of-Years-No-Flood-Molecules-to-Man story actually happened. The try, unsuccessfully, to prove that it is possible. The story is presupposed. The attitude is that if it is possible, then it happened. This is the logical fallacy of appeal to possibility.
Have you noticed that evolutionism evangelists never try to prove that the Big-Bang-Billions-of-Years-No-Flood-Molecules-to-Man story actually happened. They try, unsuccessfully, to prove that it's possible. The story is presupposed. The attitude is that if it is possible, then it happened. This is the logical fallacy of appeal to possibility.
You can't blame Sandy. He's grasping for straws, since his worldview isn't defensible. To have one's worldview challenged is very difficult. So, Sandy appeals to possibility.
All evolutionistic selling is based on trying to assert, against the evidence, that evolution is possible. The whole thrust of the argument is, "If is is possible, then it happened, and if we can make up fanciful, scientific-sounding stories to explain away each of the scientific discoveries that falsify the grand story of evolution, then we have proven evolution to be possible.
The same holds of billions of years. Stories are not science and don't prove something to be possible. And possibility doesn't prove that something happened.
Last updated: Nov, 2016
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