A question is posed in such a way that a person, no matter what answer he/she gives to the question, will inevitably commit him/herself to some other claim, which should not be presupposed in the context in question.
A common tactic is to ask a yes-no question that tricks people to agree to something they never intended to say. For example, are you still as selfish as you use to be? The question presupposes that you were selfish in the first place. You are bound to admit that you were self-centered in the past. Of course, the same question would not count as a fallacy if the presupposition of the question is indeed accepted in the context of the conversation.
This type of question presupposes three or more presuppositions about the person that is being asked. It’s also a false dichotomy in a sense because it seems to give you only two possible situations. Of course, if the presuppositions aren’t true, then there are more possible answers. The questions aren’t even a worthy question of being asked. Here are some more examples:
Have you stopped to beating your wife yet?
It’s either yes or no because it assumes that you’ve beaten your wife in the past. If you say yes, then that means you that you’ve beaten your wife in the past and if you say no then you are still beating your wife. It’s a fixed question which seems to be a better was to state this fallacy. Simply shift the burden of proof since thieved made a claim about your marriage. This also presupposes that your married in the first place.
How long can you survive without your Phone?
This question assumes that you need your Phone to survive and that humans somehow need phones to survive. Sure they help, but we can for sure survive without them. This question is loaded with the presupposition that one needs a phone in order to survive. It’s a fallacious question. It also assumes that you have a phone.
Christians, don’t you know your atheists to?
This question is used to try and show that Christians and everyone are atheists about other Gods. Such as Baal or Zeus. This question presupposes more than 3 things. It assumes a different definition of atheism than what is usually used. It assumes that the Christian God is the same thing as Roman or Greece Gods. It presupposes the same definition of God. It presupposes that we are talking other Gods, rather than the Christian God. It presupposes that the evidence for other Gods is the same for the Christian God. Finally, it assumes that past Gods are relevant to the conversation of a Christian and Atheist. I hope you get my point of the presuppositions of this meme among online atheist trolls. If an atheist shows this to try and shift the burden of proof on you, then you shift it back by showing the presuppositions that need to be established as true.
Be aware of complex or loaded questions that can be very misleading that assume what they are asking is true. It’s most likely that they will commit the begging the question fallacy as well in their loaded question. Loaded questions are very fallacious and should not be used by Christians or Atheists. Add this to your list of fallacies that you should not commit. By the way, when are you going to subscribe to the YouTube channel.
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