# Petitio Principʹii (*A*)

. A begging of the question, or assuming in the premises the question you undertake to prove. Thus, if a person undertook to
prove the infallibility of the pope, and were to take for his premises—(1) Jesus Christ promised to keep the apostles and their successors in all the truth; (2) the popes are the regular successors of the apostles, and therefore the popes are infallible—it would be a vicious syllogism from a *petitio principii*.

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