On Faith and Belief

It should be apparent by now that I am quite sympathetic to Christian tradition from a pragmatic perspective – it works. There’s a catch, though: it seems to fall apart without the metaphysics. Moreover, the tradition’s long-term stability may depend on the details of its metaphysics. For a lifelong secular materialist, this is quite the conundrum.

I’m starting to think it’s a false conundrum, though, built on misguided philosophy. Popperian falsificationism may work in physical sciences but dismissing the unfalsifiable has proven disastrous for our civilization. In other words, testability has been tested and found wanting. Christianity has a track record of working for us, secularism has a track record of failing us. Christianity requires faith to function. So be it.

Have Faith, even if you don’t believe.

Such a curious contradiction. By reason and evidence, it is proper to have faith without reason and evidence.

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