Gamaliel’s Principle Looking in to Pluralism of various sorts, I’ve come across Gamaliel’s Principle, a Christian notion sometimes forgotten which comes from the story of a man named Gamaliel detailed in the Christian Bible in Acts of the Apostles, who saved the lives of the fledgling Christians, while not being one himself, by putting forth a kind of Pascal’s Wager; what’s true is true and we might not know what’s true just yet, but do you want to do what’s wrong in case you’re wrong when you can instead do what’s right? It has applications in mathematics, in particularly biases surrounding light cones; we tend to not look outside of our light cone which can lead to problems, and what to do to prevent that problem. What’s right in both cases is allowing for wider coverage, particularly outside of what you can see. This has been a successful argument supporting religious pluralism from a Christian point of view; ecumenism and if not universal salvation, at least a wider salvation than “agree with my pastor”.

Gamaliel’s Principle
Looking in to Pluralism of various sorts, I’ve come across Gamaliel’s Principle, a Christian notion sometimes forgotten which comes from the story of a man named Gamaliel detailed in the Christian Bible in Acts of the Apostles, who saved the lives of the fledgling Christians, while not being one himself, by putting forth a kind of Pascal’s Wager; what’s true is true and we might not know what’s true just yet, but do you want to do what’s wrong in case you’re wrong when you can instead do what’s right?
 
It has applications in mathematics, in particularly biases surrounding light cones; we tend to not look outside of our light cone which can lead to problems, and what to do to prevent that problem. What’s right in both cases is allowing for wider coverage, particularly outside of what you can see. This has been a successful argument supporting religious pluralism from a Christian point of view; ecumenism and if not universal salvation, at least a wider salvation than “agree with my pastor”.

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