- the Holy Writings say there will be a violent end (Armageddon);
- this is a huge war between people of differing beliefs;
- therefore differing beliefs is predicted;
- therefore the ensuing war is inevitable;
- therefore our disagreement is destined, ordained and necessary;
- therefore I must be right.
This post is a continuation of yesterday's post, Fundamentalism & Dialog. One of the most frustrating things that can happen in a conversation is when someone employs what I'd like to call the Future Fail Fallacy. Let's take a scenario that has happened on this blog often: I say that unity with others is very important and that we should make every effort to achieve it. Some believe that unity with someone with a different belief is impossible, mute. The Future Fail Fallacy is introduced, and the dialog abruptly ends because nothing more can be said. The logic of the Future Fail Fallacy, very popular in religion, goes like this: