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"Because it was written by [[God]]."<br>
 
"Because it was written by [[God]]."<br>
 
This begs the question "How do you know that god wrote it?"
 
This begs the question "How do you know that god wrote it?"
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(Note that if the Christian answers the latter with "Because it says in the Bible that he did" then this is an example of [[circular reasoning]].)
  
 
[[Category: Logical fallacies]]
 
[[Category: Logical fallacies]]

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Begging the Question is a logical fallacy that occurs when an argument implicitly assumes its conclusion.

Example

"How do you know the Bible is correct?"
"Because it was written by God."
This begs the question "How do you know that god wrote it?" (Note that if the Christian answers the latter with "Because it says in the Bible that he did" then this is an example of circular reasoning.)

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