Surfers, I am going to lead you off the familiar path of support for classical believers to a non-traditional believer. I have been working to try and build a new social network for the future of belief in God, and I need you to follow along, dear surfers, because I am going to stretch our network out to Billy, who is questing for spiritual guidance, from the outside of Christianity looking in. This is your opportunity to visit Billy’s blog and offer words of encouragement.
Just a bit of history for you, surfers, regarding “Pascal’s Wager,” in case you are not familiar with the discussion.
With that out of the way, we need to shift focus from decision theories to helping Billy to continue on his path to greater spiritual development. It was nice to take a walk through history, but that was then, and this is now. Right now the future of belief in God has some trouble it must surpass. Surfers, take a look at this blog that outlines an perception about organized religion as irrelevant. Then, have a look at this blog that discusses a little more than just a perception. Neo de Caussade will not defend rude or criminal activity. These blog topics are clear examples of issues that turn people, like Billy, against God.
Do not misunderstand, dear surfers, in the future belief in God will not be tied to a religion. These bloggers were not lucky enough to be born in the future, where current religions will have been marginalized, by their irrelevance and modern technology. Today, you can have God without religion, and in the future people will think it was silly to believe that people once thought they had to connected.
It is sad to say that much of modern Christianity is captivated by the religion of the “big deal.” The slogan of our day is not “might makes right,” but “bigger is better.” Big churches, big budgets, big names – certainly this is the sign of things important. To such idolatry, de Caussade speaks with devastating precision. For him, the focus of God’s activity is not center stage but backstage, in the insignificant moments we often cast aside.
Richard J. Foster
Billy asks rhetorical questions to religious leaders who will not possibly answer questions of their own irrelevance. Which religion has the right message? I would urge Billy, and all the other bloggers, to have a look at one of my older blog posts “God Baggage – Drop Yours Here” on May 22, 2008. Pick it up in the archives. Have a look at the references I list, and then come back to discuss the future of belief in God. If you still feel that the reverse of Pascal’s Wager is the right way, let me know because I have more resources that can be brought to bear.