begging the question
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- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɛɡɪŋ ðə ˈkwɛst͡ʃən/, /-jən/
- Hyphenation: beg‧ging the ques‧tion
- A logical fallacy in which a premise of an argument contains a direct or indirect assumption that the conclusion is true; offering a circular argument; circular reasoning.
It is an instance of begging the question to argue that God can only do good deeds because God is good.
In common usage, begging the question has recently become synonymous with “raising the question”; this usage is often proscribed.