Pascal’s Wager

An argument for the rationality of believing in God, assuming that no satisfactory evidence is available. Pascal argues that the expected value of theistic belief is vastly greater than that of unbelief, since one believes, and commits oneself to a life of faith in God, etc., and it turns out to be true, then one wins an enormous good (Heaven, etc). But if one believes, and it turns out to be false, then one has lost little, if anything.

Therefore, it is rational to adopt theistic belief and the corresponding mode of life.

Source: The Oxford Guide to Philosophy, 2005

5 Responses to “Pascal’s Wager”
  1. pochp says:

    Right. It’s a win-lose-little situation.
    Hey James, do you want to submit your best essay at WP Writers Group at pochp09.wordpress?

  2. jamesesz says:

    Yeah, just a summer semester in Sheffield..

    So how do I summit essays over there?

    Might take me awhile to do so..As you can see, I have not been writing much lately

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