Leap of Faith Essay
It’s ironic when a person seeks to strengthen their faith by searching for objective truth, because in doing so they are destroying the basis for faith. Later in Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Kierkegaard discusses a very interesting question.
“Now let us assume the opposite, that the opponents have succeeded in proving what they desired to establish regarding the Bible and did so with a certainty that transcended their wildest hopes. What then? Has the enemy abolished Christianity” (Landesman, 260)?
In this situation, the enemy that is addressed is an atheist, and they have found evidence against the validity of the Bible. So does this abolish Christianity? Absolutely not. The evidence that they found would not influence a true believer in Christianity. When a person has faith, no amount of evidence can change that faith. “Without risk there is no faith” (Landesman, 267). Having faith in religion is a risk, but it is a risk worth taking.
Blaise Pascal explains why having faith in religion is a risk worth taking in his book Pascal's wager. In the first part of the wager, Pascal compares our knowledge of God to our knowledge of an infinite number. No one