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Below is the statement as it appears with the fallacy marked as correct. You can see the totals of most frequent responses to this statement. And after reading the any discussion going on below, you can select your choice(s) for the correct answer. For now, whoever posts each statement can update corrections.
People have been trying for centuries to prove that God exists. But no one has yet been able to prove it. Therefore, God does not exist.
Begging the Question
Petitio Principii

AKA Circular Reasoning, Reasoning in a Circle

Category: Fallacies of Presumption

Begging the Question is a fallacy in which the premises include the claim that the conclusion is true or (directly or indirectly) assume that the conclusion is true. This sort of "reasoning" typically has the following form.

  1. Premises in which the truth of the conclusion is claimed or the truth of the conclusion is assumed (either directly or indirectly).
  2. Claim C (the conclusion) is true.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because simply assuming that the conclusion is true (directly or indirectly) in the premises does not constitute evidence for that conclusion. Obviously, simply assuming a claim is true does not serve as evidence for that claim. This is especially clear in particularly blatant cases: "X is true. The evidence for this claim is that X is true."

Some cases of question begging are fairly blatant, while others can be extremely subtle.

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 1,203 Total Answer Attempts   38%
 460 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 743 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
460 - Begging the Question
106 - Burden of Proof
47 - Hasty Generalization
44 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
39 - Confusing Cause and Effect
37 - Post Hoc
34 - Appeal to Tradition
33 - False Dilemma
32 - Fallacy of Composition
32 - Relativist Fallacy
30 - Appeal to Belief
26 - Genetic Fallacy
24 - Biased Generalization
23 - Red Herring
23 - Appeal to Popularity
22 - Gambler's Fallacy
22 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
20 - Appeal to Common Practice
16 - Fallacy of Division
16 - Poisoning the Well
15 - Misleading Vividness
14 - Slippery Slope
14 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
14 - Ad Hominem
11 - Appeal to Ridicule
10 - Ignoring a Common Cause
8 - Appeal to Novelty
6 - Special Pleading
6 - Appeal to Spite
4 - Peer Pressure
4 - Personal Attack
4 - Middle Ground
2 - Guilt by Association
2 - Appeal to Authority
1 - Appeal to Fear
1 - Appeal to Emotion
1 - Appeal to Pity

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