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Pascal's Wager

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Blaise Pascal was born on June 19, 1623. Pascal was a mathematician along with a Christian philosopher who wrote the Pensees which included his work called Pascal’s wager. The crucial outline of this wagers was that it cannot be proved or disprove that God does exists. There are four main parts to the wager that include his reasoning to that statement. It has been acknowledged that Pascal makes it clear that he is referring to the Christian God in his wager. This is the Christian God that promises his people will be rewarded with eternal life along with infinite bliss.
And by stating this, Pascal gives the decision for the individual to choose between believing that God exists along with the decision that he does not exist. The other aspect is one that makes the wager whole; it is the mysterious option that God really is existent. Meaning there is an eternal life after death, or that these guarantees could be irreverent assuming that God does not exist.

The opening decision would be that if one were to believe God was to exist, the person would have a very fulfilling and religious life. Which the majority would affirm is the most valuable way to live. In addition to that life style, one would be rewarded with the promise of eternal life in heaven along with infinite bliss. The second element to Pascal’s wager would also demonstrate the person who believes in God. However this decision has the result that God does not exist. The individual may not have the same reward of eternal life. However they would still have the same fulfilling and religious life. In his wager, Pascal states that a rational person would surely choose the option to believe in God. Why would someone not prefer the option that would benefit you in the end ev...

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... this religion may not be proven reasonable, but it cannot be deemed unreasonable either. Nevertheless, Pascal’s statement “The Christian God exists or else he does not exist” is in its self a tautology.
As a final point, in my opinion one can distinguish what Pascal’s choice appears to be between Christian faith and atheism. I do notice that he attempts to see things from both sides. Although, he does declare that he thinks it is more logical to choose the option of believing. He uses multiple statements that can prove this as well including “...in the end you will realize that you have wagered on something certain and infinite for which you have paid nothing” (418). Pascal declares the logical person would for sure choose to believe in the God that promises them eternal life. By knowing this, one could see that Pascal leans more toward selection of Christianity.
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