Agnostic Definist Fallacy

A persuasive definition of the word “agnostic” to help sell the validity of agnosticism


You don’t understand the meaning of the word “agnostic.” “Agnostic” means open-minded. You just need to prove to me that Jesus Christ exists.

That’s a form of definist fallacy. A disbeliever persuasively defines the word “agnostic” to appear open-minded. We included this specific form of definist fallacy because dogmatic secularists have started using it. When a disbeliever uses this deceptive definition, it doesn’t stop the hidden dogmatic assumption of “no God.” It just denies that the disbeliever is assuming “no God.” The disbeliever just converts the assumption into a hidden presupposition underlying all the disbeliever’s reasoning.

Disbelievers use this fallacy to try to sway Christ-followers toward their ungodly religion. Ungodly thinkers, such as atheists, agnostics, or disbelievers, use the definist fallacy to set up failure to state position fallacies. In the failure to state position fallacy, ungodly thinkers try to nitpick. They try to poke holes in Christ-followers’ beliefs. At the same time, they insist that no one can question ungodliness. They claim that ungodliness is a non-position. They take this attitude: “I’ll ask you questions forever, but you don’t dare ask for any proof of my beliefs—since I’m claiming that I don’t have any.” However, ungodly thinkers work far too hard to claim to have no position or belief. It takes extreme effort and irrationality to deny Christ. And since ungodly thinkers know that they can’t defend their claim of “God doesn’t exist,” they use this fallacy to pretend that there’s no position to defend.

God tells us that every person knows He exists. They know about what He calls right and wrong and His justice. As a result, agnosticism is an assertion contrary to fact.