Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Fallacy for Some of the Pious

Or, attributable to others by them - denying the antecedent?

An example:
kneeling --> showing reverence
not kneeling --> not showing reverence

I say it is attributable to others, those they wish to protect from liturgical changes, because it may be that even though this is fallacious reasoning, some of the "simple faithful" may erroneously infer that because we do not need to kneel because of a bishop's directive, that no sign of reverence is necessary and that the Divine Liturgy is wholly "horizontal" rather than "vertical" in orientation.