Fallacies and Non-Rational Persuasion. Appeal to Authority. a misdirected appeal to authority in which something is mentioned as a trusted source when, in fact, it is not reliable. Example of Appeal to Authority .
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Appeal to the feeling of patriotism or loyalty to a certain group or belief, instead of appealing to logic
Idols define good and evil in ways contrary to God's definitions. They establish a locus of control that is earth-bound: either in objects (e.g., lust for money), other people ("I need to please my critical father"), or myself (e.g., self-trusting pursuit of my personal agenda). Such false gods create false laws, false definitions of success and failure, of value and stigma. Idols promise blessing and warn of curses for those who succeed or fail against the law: "If you get a large enough IRA, you will be secure. If I can get certain people to like and respect me, then my life is valid." There are numerous idolatrous values which influenced Wally and continue to pressure him: beguiling him, frightening him, controlling him, constraining him, enslaving him.
This example shows how idols appeal to vanity, by giving the “victim” what they want, or telling them what they want to hear, or appealing to them by complementing them, thus leading them down a path of falsehood and lies.
This example describes how in the bible, the act of Cain killing his brother was out of pure spite. Therefore, he tries to justify his religious choice.