FOM: Successes of intuition over rigor

Neil Tennant neilt at
Fri Feb 15 21:50:21 EST 2002

On Fri, 15 Feb 2002, Alexander R. Pruss wrote:
> If memory serves, it is not the case that the majority of U.S.
> mathematicians disbelieve #4 (that God exists).  Now, of course, one might
> _define_ "rigorous" in such a way that anybody who accepts #4 is
> _therefore_ unrigorous, but that is a useless stipulative definition.

I have no access to polling data about U.S. mathematicians' belief as to
whether God exists. But why do you think that their mathematical rigor has
anything to do with the kind of intellectual and moral rigor that might be
involved in coming to disbelieve in the existence of any kind of God?

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