Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday Quote: John Bloom on Religious Claims

“Given that we have a limited amount of time in this life to study religions, we can dispense with those that offer us a second chance in the afterlife, or which will reincarnate us if we make a mistake in this life, or which promise us that all will be well eventually no matter how we live now. Prudence dictates that we first ought to consider the claims of those religions which say that everything depends upon the decisions made and lived in this life.”1
– John Bloom
John A. Bloom, “Truth Via Prophecy,” in Evidence for Faith: Deciding the God Question, ed. John Warwick Montgomery; Cornell Symposium on Evidential Apologetics, 1986 (Dallas, TX: Probe Books, 1991), p. 175.


  1. Dan Rodger May 30, 2010

    Interesting quote, I've never thought of it like that.

  2. bossmanham May 31, 2010

    Yeah. Quite a profound way of looking at it, since if those religions are correct, then it doesn't matter what we do because we'll get many different chances. It's somewhat like Pascal's wager.

  3. David B Marshall November 19, 2012

    Plus, the Hindu Ed Viswanathan argues in his book, Am I a Hindu, that from the Hindu perspective, "Christ died on the cross to take care of the karmic debt of all the apostles and all the devotees around him."