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Here's a thought, a quote, and a resource I wanted to share with you this Thursday.

In his book Pensées, Blaise Pascal proposed a threefold strategy for commending God to unbelievers:

“Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it might be true. The cure for this is 1) first to show that religion is not contrary to reason, but worthy of reverence and respect. Next 2) make it attractive, make good men wish it were true, and then 3) how that it is.”

In other words, Pascal proposes a threefold order of apologetics:
  1. Show religion to be respectable.
  2. Show religion to be desirable.
  3. Show religion to be true.
Gavin Ortlund writes, “Many efforts at Christian apologetics start with Pascal’s third step, as though having powerful arguments were the main task at hand. Pascal’s approach reflects a kind of practical wisdom in starting further back, at the psychological level. After all, few decisions are the result of strictly rational factors.”

Such a helpful insight for how we talk to people about God.

"Truth may inform us, goodness may guide us, but beauty elicits a primordial longing in us. Beauty feels like home."

(Ben Palpant)
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Darryl Dash
author of 8 Habits for Growth and How to Grow