Begging the question means assuming the conclusion. In this type of argument, the conclusion that is sought to be proved is included in the initial premises/reason of the argument.
Begging the question or assuming the answer is a logical fallacy that occurs when the conclusion of an argument is used as a premise of that same argument; i.e., the premises would not work if the conclusion wasn't already assumed to be true
Claim X assumes X is true.
Therefore, claim X is true.
A: God exists
B: How do you know?
A: The scriptures say so
B: How do you know the scriptures are true?
A: Because scriptures were written by God
Variations of Proof that God Exists
- The order and magnificence of the world is evidence of God's Creation.
- Therefore, we know that God exists.
- Somebody has created the universe
- The creator of the universe is God
More examples - Begging the Question
- If drunken driving was not illegal, it would not be prohibited by law
- The reason that there's such a big demand for iPhones is because everyone wants one
Interviewer: Your reference looks good, but I need references
Candidate: Keshav can vouch for me
Interviewer: How do I trust Keshav?
Candidate: I will vouch for Keshav