What is the “Begging the Question Fallacy”?

Read the following hypothetical exchange carefully.


Sy Garte has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Garte is a fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) and serves as vice president for the Washington, DC, metro chapter of the ASA. He’s also a Christian.

“Begging the question” is a logical response to a questionable claim. But, said “logical question” is just that: a question, that will most likely lead to further intellectual dialogue.

“Begging the question fallacy” is actually not a question at all, but rather a truth-claim made by the interlocutor, whose claim is equally impotent to be proven scientifically.

In this case, whether or not you believe Jesus is God, virtually all scholars, Christian and non-Christian, state he most certainly existed, as well as reportedly performed signs that could not/cannot be explained naturally.

The interlocutor’s claim is not scientific, but philosophical.  That miracles are impossible, or possible, is a philosophical claim, not a claim supported by science.

Think deeply, nw