begging the question
Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- 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 is synonymous with "raising the question"; this usage is often proscribed.