NOVELTY – Reasoning that new ideas are better because they are progressive.
Consider the following argument, by novelty:
(1) Atheism is a modern idea (2) Religion is antiquated Therefore: (3) Atheism must be better than religion
Alternatively, one could argue, by tradition:
(1) People have been relying on religion for thousands of years (2) Atheism is a relatively new movement Therefore: (3) Religion must be better than atheism
In each of these cases, one can accept the premise without believing the conclusion. The two arguments are contradictory, even while based on similar logic.
A century ago in America, it was considered to be progressive to hunt down and kill bears; bears were ferocious animals that interfered with the dream of having a civilized society. Hunting them would make us all safer. At the time, the concept of preserving species was unheard of. Today we have efforts to save endangered species. As a society we went from not killing bears, to killing bears, to saving bears. One who bases his morality on “novelty” would have to accept all of these progressions as good.