Re: Answer to Eugenie Scott's views

John W Burgeson (
Sat, 21 Mar 1998 09:39:43 -0700

Will said:

" It is so easy to say, "God is everywhere and works through the
laws of nature." What I cannot see, is why such a God would be
of any real use to anyone. I am extremely curious--do you on
this ASA list think this kind of God is comforting to you?"

What I see you doing, Will, is assuming that the above is all that can be
about God. If it is all that could be said, I would indeed agree with
you. I would see "no comfort." I would see "no use." I might still be a
Christian believer, of course, for if it is true, I want to believe it.
your terminology "no use" fits.

But God is a lot more than the above, as most Christians will articulate,

some better than others, to be sure. He is, first and foremost, a

Sometime, perhaps you'll read REASONS OF THE HEART, a recent book on
Pascal by O'Connell. A lot of unnecessary Catholic theology and politics
in it -- but a hard core also of how Blaise Pascal apprehended my God.
Pick up a copy sometime and just read the two pages 95-96. It ought to
help you understand us peculiar people better, if nothing else. I am
looking forward to talking with Blaise about it -- probably in not many
years now.


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