instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Timely, too

Since so much of my conversation on matters of faith takes place with people who spend a lot of time conversing on matters of faith, it's been helpful (and by that I mean alarming) to get out of the hothouse from time to time and talk to normal people.

With a little practice, I might even learn to talk with normal people.

Anyway, two or three days after Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To came in the mail, I ran into this exchange elsewhere on the Internet:
Person A: A priest said to me once about such psychics that for every case in which they are right in their "premonitions", they are wrong a hundred times.

Person B: At the same time, for every prayer that is answered, there are thousands that are not.
In my ordinary stomping grounds, what Person B said would be said as an objection to the benevolence of God. The challenger may or may not be hostile to the doctrine of Divine benevolence, but the statement would be intended as part of an argument in a dispute.

In the real world, though, people don't say things like "the doctrine of Divine benevolence," they say things like, "I want to believe in God, but I just can't."

DeStefano's book provides a basis for the conversation people who say things like that want. (It can help with disputations, too, but it was written with normal people in mind.)