A Philosopher Reissues the Pope’s Wager: To Live as if God Exists


… That there exists a being who in our language is called ‘God’ is an old rumor that cannot be silenced

… there are in the world traces of this origin, and signs that point to it

… ‘etsi Deus non daretur‘, even if God did not exist

… Not even the effort – as heroic as it was – of Kant

… their lives ‘veluti si Deus daretur’, as if God exists

… “I am afraid that we will not be able to free ourselves from God as long as we believe in grammar



                     Joseph Ratzinger_Subiaco_1-4- 2005

                      Joseph Ratzinger_Subiaco_1-4- 2005