What’s the Good of Christianity? And Does it Matter?

Last week I opined that the question of what religion is good for is the wrong question; the question is whether a religion is true or not.It doesn't matter a bit whether religion (in the broader sense) is good for anything if it isn't true.  If the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob doesn't exist, if Christ did not rise from the dead, then Christianity is a lie and a sham and unworthy of practice, and ought to be shunned by all good men.  Any good that it does is in spite of itself.One c … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: No Magic Bullets for Belief

Occasionally I'm asked what arguments I have that prove that Christianity is true, as if there were a perfect argument for the Christian God so lucid in its rationality that the most hardened atheist could not help but accept it after a few moments' perusal.  (I exaggerate, but, I think, not by much.)  The trouble is, there is no such argument for any proposition, of any kind, in any field.  The closest we come is basic plane geometry, in the field of mathematics, where all reasonable people can … [Read more...]

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Why Catholicism?

Two weeks ago I wrote briefly about how I came to be the Catholic I am now; and last week I wrote about objective reasons why I believe Christianity to be plausibly true. Some didn't find them convincing, which doesn't surprise me at all. Outside of mathematics, there's no argument so flawlessly reasoned that it will inevitably and necessarily convince everyone—not that I lay claim to explaining these things flawlessly. Emile Zola famously examined all of the evidence for one the miraculous h … [Read more...]

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Why Christianity?

In the comments to my post on "What We Can Know, and How We Can Know It", Alex Symczak asks:Also, you can't argue me into this kind of faith? It relies purely on personal revelation? Then you have no reason to think you're following the right religion. Your justification cannot distinguish between You, or a protestant, or a Hindu, or a Muslim, or a Pagan. What makes you so special, that God gave you the correct revelation? Or are all others just lying?This is a fair question; and the … [Read more...]

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Why I Believe

Alex Symczak has been visiting my comboxes lately, asking pointed questions about the nature of belief, and questioning my basis for the beliefs I've been talking about. And because he's been civil, and seems to genuinely want to enter into discussion, rather than simply sneering and counting coup like some atheist commenters I've had over the years, I'm inclined to address them.At the end of Monday's post on "What We Can Know, and How We Can Know It" I bring up the topic of faith, which … [Read more...]

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