So, my last post attracted this exchange in the comments:
John M. asked:
(It has been a long time. I started writing this post well over a year ago, and then I took a hiatus from the ‘Nacle. I guess finishing this is as good a way as any to return).
[One meta note: If you have made arguments similar to the ones I use in the examples here, realize I am not singling you out - others have made similar arguments. Also, in the end, I'm trying to help you, not attack you.]
Wikipedia defines “enthymeme” as
“an informally stated syllogism (a three-part deductive argument) with an unstated assumption that must be true for the premises to lead to the conclusion. In an enthymeme, part of the argument is missing because it is assumed. In a broader usage, the term “enthymeme” is sometimes used to describe an incomplete argument of forms other than the syllogism. For Aristotle, who defined it in his Rhetoric, an enthymeme was a “rhetorical syllogism” which was based on probable opinions, thus distinguishing it from a scientific syllogism.”
The Oxford English Dictionary says and enthymeme is “An argument based on merely probable grounds; a rhetorical argument as distinguished from a demonstrative one.” or “A syllogism in which one premise is suppressed.” (If you don’t know what a syllogism is, go read up on it at Wikipedia).
Every once in awhile, you meet someone who really was and is a pioneer, and it puts shame to the “we are all pioneers” platitude we like to tell ourselves.
Edna Anderson’s funeral was this week, and I am not the best person to write a eulogy for her. But I felt someone ought to let the wider world know. Edna really was a pioneer, and though she will likely never have her story told over the pulpit at General Conference, it should be.
I had no idea this was such a huge issue, but over the last two weeks I have been made painfully aware I am a grievous sinner, just short of a puppy killer.
Thus began the great Mormon grade-grab. (214)
“The Mormons may be going to hell,” said Shawn. “But they really are nice people.” (228)