Monday, March 29, 2004
Morbid, hell-bound empty woe*
Deductive logic is the method of validating a claim by means of supportive information where both the claim and the information are necessarily true. For example, People exist. All people breathe. Therefore, all people breathe.
A slightly more authoritative source defines the fallacy of begging the question as:
A form of circular reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from premises that presuppose the conclusion. Normally, the point of good reasoning is to start out at one place and end up somewhere new, namely having reached the goal of increasing the degree of reasonable belief in the conclusion. The point is to make progress, but in cases of begging the question there is no progress. [source]
I kid because I love. Seriously, CARM has a good front page for the bible here. It's not the most poetic translation, but the web interface is well thought out and it's much faster than similar sites.
*This post's title is from the poem, 'Oh sin, please die!' which can be found in this corner of the CARM site.