Dr. H. P. Bianchi is an assistant professor of history at a local community college, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization and Asian history. He received his master’s degree in modern German history from the University of Connecticut and his doctorate from The Catholic University of America. His research focuses on the question of secularization in Britain and the United States.

Dr. Bianchi is happily married and the father of two sons and a daughter. You might find him perusing one of his interests in gardening, disc golf, hiking, cooking and traveling when he isn't working.

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Catholics should definitely vote. My article's thesis is that Catholics should not publicly promote either of the major candidates, and when there is a discussion of current problems facing our country, Catholics should not address them from a Clinton or Trump perspective, but a Christian perspective. Thus, the church could serve as a alternative to the current political system.

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If Bianchi is proposing that we not vote at all, he is wrong. The choice is between a woman who could serve as an example of many of the seven deadly sins and a man who has his faults, but the biggest is that he is not a politician and has no experience "playing the game". BUT if the proposal is a write-in ballot for Jesus Christ, then he may have some merit in his thoughts.

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Pascal’s wager

Late last year, the famous polemist Christopher Hitchens died after a long battle with cancer. Hitchens generated a great deal of controversy with his writings assailing the existence of God and the impact of religion. His book, “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything,” was a bestseller and earned him a place among the leaders of the new atheism.

Only God knows his final resting place, and as Catholics, we hope that he saved his soul. While not judging him, we can examine his philosophical positions. From a purely logical position, he has either learned that he was wrong or he no longer exists, with his former body being a lump of unconscious matter.

I often considered the notion that atheists can never enjoy the moment that would prove them right. Empirical evidence proving there is no afterlife is impossible.

Hitchens’ dilemma reminds me of Pascal’s wager, an argument I learned while I was an undergraduate philosophy major. Pascal speculated that believers have a lot to gain in the afterlife if they are right and little to lose if they are wrong. On the other hand, atheists have much to lose after death but little to gain. A betting person should then be a theist with its high reward / low risk position.

Religion is best not based on a wager. Belief should be tied to love and trust, but Pascal’s wager is a pleasant reassurance for believers.   

 

 

3/14/2012 12:21:07 PM
By Dr. H. P. Bianchi