Pascal’s Wager – a fascinating philosophy on life

Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician, physicist and philosopher posed a question which became Pascal’s Wager (or Pascal’s Gambit) which says: even though the existence of God cannot be determined through reason, a person should wager as though God exists, because if God exists it changes everything and if he doesn’t then nothing matters.

We apparently wager our place in the afterlife by what we do in this life and what we do depends on whether or not we believe that God exists.  So if you behave morally, as if God exists, and it turns out that he does then you win everything.  If you behave morally and God doesn’t exist then you lose nothing because you have nothing to lose and either way you win.  If you behave immorally, as if God doesn’t exist and you’re right then you win nothing but if you’re wrong then you lose everything.

Just a thought for our politicians ….


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