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God must exist! If God did not exist, then all basis for morality would be lost and the world would be a horrible place!
Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
Argumentum Ad Consequentium

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Distracting Appeals

The Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief is a fallacy that comes in the following patterns:

#1: X is true because if people did not accept X as being true, then there would be negative consequences.
#2: X is false because if people did not accept X as being false, then there would be negative consequences.

#3: X is true because accepting that X is true has positive consequences.
#4: X is false because accepting that X is false has positive consequences.

#5: I wish that X were true, therefore X is true. This is known as Wishful Thinking.
#6: I wish that X were false, therefore X is false. This is known as Wishful Thinking.

This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because the consequences of a belief have no bearing on whether the belief is true or false. For example, if someone were to say "If sixteen-headed purple unicorns don't exist, then I would be miserable, so they must exist", it would be clear that this would not be a good line of reasoning. It is important to note that the consequences in question are the consequences that stem from the belief. It is important to distinguish between a rational reason to believe (RRB) (evidence) and a prudential reason to believe (PRB) (motivation). A RRB is evidence that objectively and logically supports the claim. A PRB is a reason to accept the belief because of some external factor (such as fear, a threat, or a benefit or harm that may stem from the belief) that is relevant to what a person values but is not relevant to the truth or falsity of the claim. The nature of the fallacy is especially clear in the case of Wishful thinking. Obviously, merely wishing that something is true does not make it true. This fallacy differs from the Appeal to Belief fallacy in that the Appeal to Belief involves taking a claim that most people believe that X is true to be evidence for X being true.

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 618 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 268 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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618 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
31 - Appeal to Belief
27 - Appeal to Fear
21 - False Dilemma
20 - Appeal to Emotion
17 - Confusing Cause and Effect
16 - Hasty Generalization
15 - Begging the Question
10 - Slippery Slope
10 - Red Herring
9 - Personal Attack
8 - Relativist Fallacy
7 - Appeal to Tradition
7 - Misleading Vividness
6 - Poisoning the Well
6 - Biased Generalization
6 - Post Hoc
6 - Burden of Proof
5 - Gambler's Fallacy
5 - Fallacy of Division
5 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
4 - Ignoring a Common Cause
4 - Fallacy of Composition
3 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
3 - Ad Hominem
3 - Special Pleading
3 - Appeal to Common Practice
3 - Appeal to Authority
3 - Genetic Fallacy
2 - Appeal to Novelty
1 - Appeal to Spite
1 - Appeal to Pity
1 - Appeal to Ridicule

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