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Salvation...Through Math?

I'll admit it. I had to read this twice before I could understand what this post at Mary's Aggies was saying. And the second time I didn't pass out for nearly as long from brain overload:

I don't exactly get this, but a friend sent it to me today. He likes math. He is Catholic.

I like to think about the perfection concept in mathematical terms…

The measure of my individual perfection is p, and this is a function of t (the span of my life measured in minutes, days or years). We will denote the day of my birth as t=0 and the day of my death as T, and I will enter the next life at T+ε, where ε is an infinitesimally small positive value. At any value of t, I know that the measure of my perfection is finite, that is, pt<∞. I also know that to enter eternal life, pT must be infinite. Considering that pt+1 is also a function of pt, that is, the decisions I make today influence my level of perfection tomorrow, I realize that pT must also be finite. My perfection is bounded from above by a finite function of t and thus can never meet the conditions to enter eternal life. The formula for this is:
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Rocket Scientist said...

Wonderful! And perfectly true.

Anonymous said...

How can it be assumed that the asym. limit is around t=100 years. How about if one dies at 50? 110? There's something fishy there.

Math is quite often all about assumtions (sp; and sometimes about spelling). About the "concupiscential tendency for the imbedded error distribution in p.sub.t to degenerate", if it was taken into effect, wouldn't p.sub.t dip below 0 at some p.sub.t?

Sorry. (The original post doesn't allow annon. posts.)


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