Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Pascal's Wager (Fixed)

Pascal's wager is the underlying (and often unspoken) argument used to buttress the faith of believers.  However, it is overly simplistic and assumes that God doesn't care about peoples' motivations.  Another problem is graphically portrayed in the "fixed" version below.  There is not simply a dichotomy -- God or no God.  If the holy books of religion are correct, what one believes about God is at least as important as whether God exist.

Here is an "expanded" version:


  1. What if there are many roads to God, apart from the likes of Satanism and of course Atheism... Is that really so hard to wrap your head around?

  2. That would be fine if the Koran didn't say Christians will burn in Hell or the Bible didn't that no man cometh unto the Father but by Christ. The "multiple roads" argument only works if the religions agree on the fundamentals, but they don't. Is Allah God's prophet? Is Christ really God's only begotten son? Can a person receive salvation without faith in Jesus? The point of this post was to illustrate that Pascal's Wager only gets you as far as a Deistic god and says nothing about whether to worship Christ, Jehovah, Allah, Zeus, Odin, etc. However, that is precisely the use to which most Christians put Pascal's wager - a justification for believing in Christ.

  3. The one column on this that confuses me is the Wiccan one. Wiccans teach that Mormons and Sikhs go to heaven, but Taoists and Singulatarians are reincarnated? Is the idea that what people predict for others is what they'll receive?

  4. I'm trying to cite this graph (because it's well done!) and I'm not sure what to do. Theofrak doesn't seem academic enough. Is there a name? Thank you!

  5. "Suppose we've chosen the wrong god. Every time we go to church we're making him madder and madder."
    - Homer Simpson