What’s True and What Might Be True

I wonder if a lot of theology shouldn’t be more tentative, given for example the ambiguity of some Scripture to us and the unknowability to us of much of God’s handiwork. Thus, for all we Protestants know Mary could be the “Queen of Heaven,” but no Catholic can know that for sure.  And, with many … [Read more…]

Is “Cultivating Faith” Dishonest?

In my “600 words” essay, I said that Pascal’s wager should lead us to “cultivate one’s faith.”  Here are some preliminary thoughts on that, and in particular on whether doing so is somehow dishonest. There are different models that can be followed in truth-seeking, and more than one can be legitimate.  For starters, it is … [Read more…]

Pascal’s Wager and the Old Folks

My “600 words” all apply to them, but Pascal’s wager is especially favorable to the old. Consider:  (1) As a preliminary matter, they have less excuse to avoid making their choice. (2) The “next life” considerations are stronger for them, since the next life is closer. (3) The “this life” considerations — and this is … [Read more…]