What we can learn from “Pascal’s Wager”?

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“I should be much more afraid of being mistaken and then finding out that Christianity is true than being mistaken in believing it to be true” (Pascal, Christianity for Modern Pagans: Pascal’s Pensées, 292).

For the last three weeks, we’ve considered various aspects of Pascal’s work, noting what he says about death, diversions, and indifference. We now turn to what Pascal is most famous for—the wager! He says, “Let us examine this point, and let us say: Either God is or he is not. But to which view shall we be inclined. . . . At the far end of this infinite distance a coin is being spun which will come down heads or tails. How will you wager?” (p. 293).

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Why Do I Doubt? Exploring The Effects of Sin on the mind

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Over the past few weeks we’ve been exploring doubt and considering what causes it to arise within the life of the believer. As someone who’s spent 20 years studying philosophy and apologetics, you might expect me to say that doubt is purely an intellectual matter. I do believe that much of our doubt comes from a lack of intellectual flourishing or from tough intellectual questions that we face. But, intellectual factors are not the only factors that cause doubt. So what else is going on?

At the risk of sounding like I am over spiritualizing it, I must note that sin is often a major factor. When we allow sin to remain in our lives, doubt often springs up to squelch our faith. And once we being to struggle with our faith, a greater tendency towards sin arises. It’s a vicious cycle that spins out of control until, for some, faith is lost completely. But how, exactly, is it that sin breeds doubt? Let me mention just two ways.

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How should Christians think about Immigration?

cropped-ExploringHope.pngThe topic of immigration has dominated political and public conversations for quite some time now. Some of our politicians, including many presidential candidates, have placed the issue at the heart of their respective platforms. Not surprisingly, it is an issue that polarizes politicians, citizens and even fellow Christian brothers and sisters. So, we have Alan Cross in the Exploring Hope studio this week to discuss some important points, statistics, and perspectives that can help believers look beyond the polarized and editorialized arguments we see on tv or hear in the workplace on a daily basis. Tune in to get some unique and factual perspectives on what kind of attitudes we should have towards immigrants and immigration!

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