The Fallacy of False Analogy

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 in Logical Fallacies

This is when a comparison is made between two things that are alike in only trivial ways that are not relevant to the conclusion. For example: “Evolution is a fact in the same way the theory of gravity is a fact. Do you also reject gravity?”. Gravity is observable and testable whilst evolution is not. This is a false analogy. An evolutionist might also say “Your message is similar to asking us to believe the world is flat or that the sun revolves about the earth despite overwhelming empirical evidence to the contrary”. But the idea of a flat earth and geocentric solar system can be falsified by operation science in the present and so it would be absurd to embrace such ideas. But biblical creation is about the past; it is not falsified by the observations in the present (in fact it is consistent with them).

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