Apologists typically argue that what they believe is true, but I think this may be misguided. Being true is useful, but it’s not the end all of apologetics, probably never so eloquently argued as in Pascal’s wager. There are many examples of things we can know are objectively untrue, but still provide benefit if they’re believed.
I teach a subject unique in the existence of its associated anxiety syndrome.
Students often tell me, “I’m not good at this.” This happens much more often to those in my field than to our peers.
Casting free of objective truth, I tell them that they are smart, knowing that for some, by pushing back against their lack of confidence, it can become true, and even if that never happens, the confidence that’s inspired can improve their lives and the community where they interact.
I’m an ex-Christian, and, short of the proof of Thomas — Jesus walking through my wall and asking me to put my hand in his side —that part of my life is over. I have other beliefs that make the world make more sense to me now, and I’m not interested in a trade that doesn’t get me something better.
But I still like Christians.
But maybe not as much today as before the last election. The political environment in the U.S. today has 80 percent of evangelicals supporting a president who daily offends basic moral principles, like not engaging in false boasts, or behaving vindictively toward one’s opponents, or stirring up racial disharmony, or harming the poor.
So I thought I’d open a thread to anyone interested in restoring my faith in Christianity, as a religion. I’d like to hear how Christianity has been good for you.