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Pascal’s Wager

December 18, 2010
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You may be familiar with Pascal’s Wager, if not it is “a suggestion posed by the French philosopher, mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal that, even though the existence of God cannot be determined through reason, a person should wager as though God exists, because living life accordingly has everything to gain, and nothing to lose” (Wikipedia). I used to think that this was a pretty good last line of defense in arguing for Christianity (like the keep of a castle, for medieval history buffs).

Is this a good argument? Is it a biblical argument? Seems like it, I mean living life for God seems nice, even if everything ended up being false…maybe? What about 1 Corinthians 15:19? Paul writes, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” Does this jive with Pascal? I give you: Paul vs. Pascal.

Pascal: even if God doesn’t exist, if you live your life for Him you will not have lost anything you could have otherwise gained.

Paul: if God doesn’t exist, and you live for Him, you have completely wasted your life by not enjoying every minute of it in everything that feels good.

Nope, doesn’t jive. Therefore, Pascal’s Wager is out of my arguments for Christianity, because it’s not true, according to the Apostle Paul. Paul’s Wager would actually make a better argument against Christianity. Weird.

Please take part in the poll on the right side of my blog. I’m interested in hearing from you.

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 18, 2010 10:55 pm

    Love it.

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