Reading his reply on the comments section of his blog will give as a glimpse of what Fallacy in Argument really is. Let me point out some of the examples of fallacies written by Abraham Arganiosa who claims to be a Priest and an Educator.
According to nizkor.org, “A fallacy is, very generally, an error in reasoning. This differs from a factual error, which is simply being wrong about the facts. To be more specific, a fallacy is an “argument” in which the premises given for the conclusion do not provide the needed degree of support.”
Let us try to analyze his fallacies with the guidance of biblical basis in order to know if what he is trying is right or wrong. The following are examples of his fallacies.
Fallacy: Appeal to Authority
OUR PRESENT POPE, BENEDICT XVI, IS CONSIDERED ALL OVER THE WORLD AS ONE OF THE BEST THEOLOGIANS OF ALL TIME. HE CAN SPEAK SEVERAL LANGUAGES FLUENTLY AND HAS SERVED AS PROFESSOR IN GREAT UNIVERSITIES OF THE WORLD.
“When a person falls prey to this fallacy, they are accepting a claim as true without there being adequate evidence to do so. More specifically, the person is accepting the claim because they erroneously believe that the person making the claim is a legitimate expert and hence that the claimis reasonable to accept. Since people have a tendency to believe authorities (and there are, in fact, good reasons to accept some claims made by authorities) this fallacy is a fairly common one.”
Not because the Pope in Rome has the authority and some good attributes base on human standards, what he say are all correct. Christians must adhere to the sole authority inside the Christian Church who is the Lord Jesus Christ.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
In fact, the father in heaven instructed Christians to listen to him.
While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
Catholics tends to listen to the words and teachings of the Pope without analyzing whether what he says is right or wrong simply because of his authority over them which is not right. They even have the courage to belittle another person who contradicts what their Pope is saying.
UNLIKE SORIANO NA PINABILI LANG NG SUKA SA KANTO. THAT IS WHY HIS DEBATES ARE ON THE STREETS AND WITH PEOPLE WHOSE CALIBER ARE AS CHEAP AS HIM.
First of all, Abraham Arganiosa must know that the debates of brother Eli are not done just in the streets. His debates are broad casted on radio, television and in the Internet. An example of a recent debate has earned the soul of an Assembly of God Pastor which can be seen on Youtube.com.
To say that brother Eli just debates on the streets with people whose caliber is cheap is blatantly stupid. Abraham Arganiosa clearly used the wrong choice of words on his comment. However, if he thinks that his own caliber is not cheap, he might as well agree for a live debate on National Television.
Fallacy: Ad Hominem
HA, HA, HA… KUYA DANIEL RAZON!!! HA, HA, HA… WHERE IN THE BIBLE CAN WE FIND THAT THE BELOVED NEPHEW OF GOD’S MESSENGER MUST BE CALLED ‘KUYA’? WHERE, WHERE, WHERE? HA, HA, HA…
THAT IS ANOTHER SATANIC DOCTRINE. WALA YAN SA BIBLIA. KUYA DAW… HE, HE, HE… KUYAKOY NG SIYOKOY. KUMAIN NA LANG KAYO NG TIKOY NI INGKONG UNGGOY.
“An Ad Hominem is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the authorof or the person presenting the claim or argument. Typically, this fallacy involves two steps. First, an attack against the character of person making the claim, her circumstances, or her actions is made (or the character, circumstances, or actions of the person reporting the claim). Second, this attack is taken to be evidence against the claim or argument the person in question is making (or presenting).”
I would like to applaud the statement of Abraham Arganiosa that refers to brother Eli as the messenger of God base on his question. “WHERE IN THE BIBLE CAN WE FIND THAT THE BELOVED NEPHEW OF GOD’S MESSENGER MUST BE CALLED ‘KUYA’?”
However the succeeding statement is already Ad Hominem; An attack on the person which does not substantiate any argument. Another funny thing with this Priest is, he questions the way we call brother Daniel as our “big brother” or “kuya” while he is called “father” by his parishioners which violates what Christ teaches to Christians.
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
While it is prohibited for Christians to call no man father upon the earth, we don’t see any prohibition to call no man as our big brother or “kuya”.
Fallacy: Appeal to Ridicule
Thank you. Please don’t infest this Blog with links related to your materials. We do not accept junks here. The Catholic Church has its own CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA. So don’t pretend that you are more scholarly than us. WE RUN HUNDREDS OF UNIVERSITIES ALL OVER THE WORLD AND OUR SCHOLARS ARE FIRST RATE. Unlike your so-called scholars na pinulot lang sa tabi tabi. Scholars kuno.
The Appeal to Ridicule is a fallacy in which ridicule or mockery is substituted for evidence in an “argument.”
The priest, Abraham Arganiosa was referring to the link which I posted on his blogsite which Bro. Eli Soriano wrote to prove how false the Catholic Church is.
The priest mocked the article which Bro. Eli Soriano wrote which does not really prove that the article was wrong. The article presented documents which came from the Vatican itself as proofs of it’s erroneous teachings like the following:
1. The Document which proves that they believe that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church.
2. The history of the Catholic Church which proves that they have unfairly judged the ‘outsiders’.
Perhaps this cruelty is the result of their belief that there is no salvation outside their church.
3. The Catholic Church had a Notorious Pope.
Bro. Eli said:
I want you to note that this magazine came from inside the Vatican itself. That this pope is “one of the most notorious”, meaning, there were so many of them! Will it be alright if I say that the Roman Catholic Church is not the true Church of God?
These are just some of the examples of fallacies in Arguments that I can see on Abraham Arganiosa’s blog. Evidently, by reading through it I can write some separate articles to disprove them. I have proven that there are fallacies on his arguments and it is very easy to discern right now who is telling the truth and who is lying. I believe that in this blog debate, good still triumphs over (for lack of a better term) evil.
God Bless You!