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Pascal's Wager

The Argument

  1. Cannot demonstrate the truth of God's existence
  2. We must either believe or not
  3. If we have to choose between two options, and can't demonstrate which is correct, we should choose the option with the biggest payoff
  4. Expected payoff of believing in God outweighs the expected payoff of not believing
  5. Best option --> believe in God

Objections

Many-gods Objection

Evidentialist Objection

William James on Pascal's Wager

William James' Argument

Argument Philosophy Blaise Pascal