I was talking with an engaged couple the other evening. The young lady was from a 'creationist' background. The young man was an 'evolutionist'.
On the one hand, he stated that God cannot be known by reason alone. Even in the seeing of the creator's handiwork, especially as evidenced by evolution and the intelligent design theory, faith is needed. Reason alone cannot suffice.
She said her upbringing would be pretty fundamental: The Bible says it - I believe it. Creation is played out in Genesis as absolute in the details that we need to know and believe. Faith enters only in so far as to whether or not we believe the scriptural account literally and finally.
I think they're going to have a lot of interesting dinner-time conversations.
Is the alternative to follow Mr. Pascal's argument?
[You'll have to look it up, guys.]
A synopsis of one view would include this decision matrix.
|God exists||God does not exist|
|Wager for God||Gain all||Status quo|
|Wager against God||Misery||Status quo|
How do you see it?