Circular reasoning

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"We know that [[God]] exists because the [[Bible]] says so.  And we know that Bible must be right because it is the inspired word of God."
 
"We know that [[God]] exists because the [[Bible]] says so.  And we know that Bible must be right because it is the inspired word of God."
  
In this argument, neither "we know that God exists" nor "we know the Bible must be right" have been independently proved without relying on the assumption of the other.
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This argument basically boils down to "God, therefore the Bible, therefore God."  Neither "God exists" nor "the Bible must be right" have been independently proved without relying on the assumption of the other.
  
 
[[Category: Logical fallacies]]
 
[[Category: Logical fallacies]]

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A type of logical fallacy in which the proof of a statement is based on the statement itself. For example:

"We know that God exists because the Bible says so. And we know that Bible must be right because it is the inspired word of God."

This argument basically boils down to "God, therefore the Bible, therefore God." Neither "God exists" nor "the Bible must be right" have been independently proved without relying on the assumption of the other.

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