Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dallas Willard on Gambling...

The noted USC philosopher and Christian thinker, Dallas Willard (1935-2013), presents this sort of evidence in his book Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge on why gambling should be avoided:

     "...we sometimes do not believe what we know. For example, most people who enter the lottery know they will not win. They will not win, and they have good evidence that they will not. They may refuse to consider the evidence or to hold it before their mind. Yet they are prepared to act as if they might win. In wagering they are irrational and irresponsible. Human life is full of such self-delusions."

    "And that explains why gambling is morally wrong. It is not a morally admirable practice, but just the opposite. Rational and responsible persons will not do it. (We have a duty to be rational. It is a virtue.) And it also explains why the gambling industry presents itself as 'entertainment.' It wants to disguise what it really is. When you gamble, according to it, you are just 'enjoying yourself' or having a fling. But rational and responsible people are those who strive to base their beliefs and actions upon their knowledge."

This CNN writer probably agrees with Dallas Willard:

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