Pascal’s Wager: A Misunderstood Argument

Among the many arguments for the existence of God, perhaps the most irksome for many atheists, other than the ontological argument, is Pascal’s Wager.  It is often expressed like this:  Either Christian theism is true, or it is not (atheism).  If Christianity is true, then the believer gains everything: God and eternal life.  On the other hand, the unbeliever loses all, because he is separated eternally from God.  If, however, Christianity is false, the believer loses nothing, for there is no afterlife, while the atheist gains nothing and is in the same boat. Thus, a wise man will choose to believe in Christianity over atheism.

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How Hormonal Young Christians Can “Just Be Friends” With the Opposite Sex

Recently, I have seen an article around the interwebs describing a study, put on by super-smart scientists who only research non-obvious things and come to non-fallacious conclusions, that explored if men and women really can be “just friends” in a platonic manner or if one or both sides secretly harbor sneaky sexual ambitions.  I applaud the study:  It is abundantly clear that studies involving 88 pairs of 18-22 year old college students, who are never known for casual sexual encounters even with those they do not find attractive (beer goggles for the win), is indicative of the entire human population throughout all age ranges and maturity levels.  I mean, I am just shocked that hormonally driven young dudes find girls attractive.  Blows me away.  Furthermore, it is also obvious that we know for sure that attraction did not grow from friendship, rather it’s always that friendship stems from attraction (especially for dudes).  Such obviousness need only be assumed.  This is why philosophers adore sociological and pyschological arguments.  Just love them.

If this is such a clear problem for the sexually-crazed secular world, it is arguably even more of an issue for Christians who want to stay away from funny business with the opposite sex (or at least, pretend to want to stay away from it).  This is why, to avoid this problem, many conservative Christians have taught that it is exceptionally dangerous to befriend a member of the opposite gender and that Christians should be suspicious of any thinly veiled friendliness coming from the other side.  For example:

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Adventures in Overseas Medical Care and the Downside of Universal Health Care

Recently, my father had a medical emergency in Korea where a hole formed in his esophagus, causing all sorts of pain and problems around his chest area, including fluid in his chest cavity.  This occured after he came back from a mission trip in China and had a checkup at a Korean hospital, where they gave him some medicine that he threw back up.  He is still there, but he is recovering well and hopefully will be home by the end of the month.

His stay at the Korean hospital, though, has not always been that smooth up to this point.  At the time, my sister and mother were with him, and my sister in particular had interesting stories to tell about what transpired in the Korean hospital.  Korea has universal healthcare and, reportedly at least, a good system for it, but there is no such thing as a free lunch:  Everything has its downsides.  This is actually a well-known hospital system too.  I shall relate the stories I can remember below.

Disclaimer:  I’m not trying to dog on Korea by itself, nor is this a comprehensive reason to reject universal healthcare.  It is just one story among many, and while people love using single anecdotes to create universal principles, that is definitely not what I’m doing.  It is just food for thought.

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