about Pascal’s Wager


I find the Wager to be a bad reason to believe in any god.

Enquiries on Atheism

What, if any, are the weaknesses of Pascal’s Wager?

I guess all of you are familiar with Blaise Pascal and his wager for belief. For those who are not, it is from his Pensees section 233. Allow me to digress a little before we look at the wager itself.

The good scientist, as he was, writes

If there is a God, He is infinitely incomprehensible, since, having neither parts nor limits, He has no affinity to
us. We are then incapable of knowing either what He is or if He is. This being so, who will dare to undertake
the decision of the question? Not we, who have no affinity to Him.

Had he stopped here, he would have done well for theology. He would stand in the same breadth as d’Holdbach when he writes that if god is infinite and incomprehensible to us, we have no business thinking about…

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

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