Begging the Question


Excerpt from BYU professor/LDS apologist Daniel Peterson, ‘Can there be any valid criticisms of the church?’ (September 4, 2017): 1

Since the Church is ex hypothesi true, there can be no genuine evidence that it is false. There can be seeming evidence against its claims, evidence that reasonable people might well regard as genuine and damning. In the end, though, on the assumption that the claims of the Church are true, what seems to be genuine, damning evidence against it must ultimately prove not to be such.

Begging the Question Fallacy: 2

To beg the question is to assume the truth of the conclusion of an argument in the premises in order for the conclusion to follow.



1 ‘Can there be any valid criticisms of the Church?’, Dan Petersen –
2 ‘Begging the Question’, Wikipedia –