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pascal_s_wager [2018/04/06 08:33]
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-Pascal's wager, [[explained here|https://www.iep.utm.edu/pasc-wag/]], essentially says it would be foolish to not believe in God due to a cost/benefit analysis. There are problems with this.+Pascal's wager, [[https://www.iep.utm.edu/pasc-wag/|explained here]], essentially says it would be foolish to not believe in God due to a cost/benefit analysis. There are problems with this.
  
 Which God? Which God?
  
-The wager depends on a specific God with specific outcomes for specific behaviors. What if there is actually a God where the outcome is something else? What if the real one values critical inquiry above all else and rewards honest pursuits more than commitments?+The wager depends on a specific God with specific outcomes for specific behaviors. What if there is actually a God where the outcome is something else? What if the real one values critical inquiry above all else and rewards honest pursuits more than blind commitments?
  
 Mathematically this reduces to gambling not between yes or no, but in hoping that you've selected the right one of thousands of choices. In this sense, agnosticism or atheism can be categorized as one of these selections because there could be a God who created a world where these are rational choices. Consider as well that the general concept of God has been one of exclusive devotion. Thus, picking one automatically makes you the enemy of the others. If there were, say, 1000 Gods to pick from, you would then have a 99.9% chance of damnation. So, just hope that there isn't one or, if there is, that it values honesty - then just be honest about what you can and cannot know. Mathematically this reduces to gambling not between yes or no, but in hoping that you've selected the right one of thousands of choices. In this sense, agnosticism or atheism can be categorized as one of these selections because there could be a God who created a world where these are rational choices. Consider as well that the general concept of God has been one of exclusive devotion. Thus, picking one automatically makes you the enemy of the others. If there were, say, 1000 Gods to pick from, you would then have a 99.9% chance of damnation. So, just hope that there isn't one or, if there is, that it values honesty - then just be honest about what you can and cannot know.
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