What is the fallacy of Straw Man? How is it different than simply disagreeing with someone else’s point of view

Choose either Topic A or Topic B. To answer these topics
completely, it takes a minimum of 2 pages – 8-10 paragraphs. Use
the topic questions and the scoring rubric to see if your draft
responds fully to all parts of the question. A complete, thoughtful
answer is more important than word count.
Topic A:
What is the fallacy of Straw Man? How is it different than simply
disagreeing with someone else’s point of view?
Use the material in Vaughn’s book to help you give a detailed
explanation of what the mistake in a Straw Man is. To demonstrate
your understanding and to teach the idea to the rest of the class,
provide a relevant real-life example of the logical mistake. (You
MAY use an outside source to help you present your example; be
sure to summarize or paraphrase, cite, and use announcing verbs.)
Choose carefully – consider whether your example does a good job
of illustrating a Straw Man. Compare it to similar fallacies, and show
why your example is a Straw Man rather than another fallacy like
an Appeal to the Person, Red Herring, or Appeal to Popularity. The
discussion of your example should be detailed so that readers can
evaluate the fallacy. Argue the case for why your example is an
example of Straw Man.
Topic B:
Is it morally permissible to believe in God just because it is to your
practical advantage to believe? Why or why not? Use the material
in Vaughn’s book to help you explain how Pascal argues for belief
in God. Explain the strengths and weaknesses that other thinkers
have identified in his reasoning.
What does the argument against believing in God without sufficient
evidence look like? Is it plausible that God would look kindly on
atheists and agnostics to because they refuse to believe without
evidence? After all, aren’t they simply using God’s gift of reason to
arrive at their decision?

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