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Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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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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 1,005 Total Answer Attempts   38%
 386 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 619 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
386 - Begging the Question
94 - Burden of Proof
39 - Hasty Generalization
38 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
37 - Confusing Cause and Effect
28 - False Dilemma
28 - Post Hoc
26 - Appeal to Tradition
25 - Fallacy of Composition
25 - Appeal to Belief
24 - Relativist Fallacy
24 - Genetic Fallacy
22 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
21 - Appeal to Popularity
21 - Gambler's Fallacy
20 - Red Herring
18 - Biased Generalization
16 - Appeal to Common Practice
15 - Fallacy of Division
14 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
12 - Slippery Slope
12 - Misleading Vividness
11 - Ad Hominem
10 - Ignoring a Common Cause
7 - Appeal to Ridicule
6 - Poisoning the Well
5 - Appeal to Novelty
5 - Special Pleading
5 - Appeal to Spite
3 - Peer Pressure
3 - Personal Attack
3 - Middle Ground
1 - Appeal to Fear
1 - Guilt by Association

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