Special pleading

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Special pleading is a claim that standards of evidence should be modified or reversed for a particular claim or type of claim.


Apologists often compartmentalize their religious beliefs and apply special evidenciary standards to claims related to those beliefs.

For example, while the standard practice for analyzing a claim places the burden of proof on the individual making the claim, some religionists seek to reverse this burden, asserting that belief in the existence of a god is warranted until the evidence and arguments opposing this claim are sufficient to warrant disbelief.

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