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'''Last wordism''' is the belief that victory can be obtained in a [[debate]] or discussion by having the "last word."
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'''Last wordism''' is a tactic used in a [[debate]] or discussion, resorted to in the belief that victory can be obtained  by having the "last word." A statement can be identified as last wordism if it adds no new substance to an argument; it is intended to achieve its effect through recency<ref>"Recency" is the state of being "recent", as in "most recent."</ref> rather than through relevance.
'''Last wordism''' is often a characteristic of "less intellectually robust presentations."<ref>http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/pages/resources/books/reviews/CaseforChrist.pdf</ref>
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At best, last wordism is childish.  At worst, it reflects a lack of restraint, a characteristic of wrongdoing or [[sin]].
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When '''last wordism''' is correctly identified, it often betrays the weaknesses of "less intellectually robust presentations."<ref>http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/pages/resources/books/reviews/CaseforChrist.pdf</ref>
  
God has the ''real'' last word, as when men demanded that [[Jesus]] be crucified and [[Pontius Pilate]] ordered that Jesus be crucified, to which God responded with the [[Resurrection of Jesus Christ|resurrection of Jesus Christ]].
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At best, last wordism is childish.  At worst, it reflects a lack of restraint or bullying, a characteristic of wrongdoing or [[sin]].
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==

Revision as of 21:52, 4 May 2009

Last wordism is a tactic used in a debate or discussion, resorted to in the belief that victory can be obtained by having the "last word." A statement can be identified as last wordism if it adds no new substance to an argument; it is intended to achieve its effect through recency[1] rather than through relevance.

When last wordism is correctly identified, it often betrays the weaknesses of "less intellectually robust presentations."[2]

At best, last wordism is childish. At worst, it reflects a lack of restraint or bullying, a characteristic of wrongdoing or sin.

References

  1. "Recency" is the state of being "recent", as in "most recent."
  2. http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/pages/resources/books/reviews/CaseforChrist.pdf