Ok, beloved, let’s continue our series on Logic with the fallacy entitled Argumentum Ad Populum. This is when someone argues that their point is true based on how many agree or believe it to be so. For example “everyone knows evolution is a fact” or “9 out of 10 dentists recommend this brand of tooth paste.” Of all the fallacies we’ll discuss, I would wager that this one is the most popular today.
We are a people who love statistics, we love to see points made with pie charts and diagrams. This becomes fallacious when we take the popular opinions and use it as an argument. It’s important to remember that a majority does not make something true. When an atheist or evolutionist argues against Christianity using the ‘all scientists agree’ argument you can show them the fallacy by reminding them of Darwin’s time. When Origin of Species was written, Darwin’s opinions on historical science were the minority. Therefore, arguing from that same point of view, that a majority of scientists can’t be wrong, Darwinian evolution must have been wrong. Let’s not forget that most of the scientists of Darwin’s day disagreed with him at first, it took nearly a decade before he won over popular opinion.
In today’s era of relativism most people you share the Gospel with will end with ‘you have your truth, I have mine’. Ironically, at the same time, they’ll argue for the truthfulness of evolutionism. Nevertheless, this means that you and I must firmly plant our feet on the authority and inerrancy of Gods Word. If your truth is that a foot measures five inches, and my truth is that a foot measures twelve inches, one of us is wrong, we can not both be right. How can we be absolutely sure which of us is correct? Not by arguing that ‘everyone agrees it’s twelve inches’ that would be Argumentum Ad Populum. Instead, we can point to a ruler, which can give an absolute truth. Gods Word is the worlds moral ruler, that’s what we must stand on.
Dear ones, we also need to avoid using these fallacies. We have the Truth, and we lovingly share it with the lost as if they were blind men stumbling towards a thousand foot cliff. We don’t need fancy arguments, evidence, or lengthy words, we just need to warn them of the danger they’re in. Nor do we need to fear offending them because their lives are in danger, it would be irresponsible not to warn them. We can point them to the straight and narrow path, far away from that thousand foot cliff of sin and death. I pray this series is a blessing to you all, as you grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.