No Risk and Reward.

Posted: July 11, 2013 in CLE

Blaise Pascal’s wager is an argument which shows the benefits and minimal losses of believing in God as opposed to not believing in God. A self-confessed atheist would not believe in any God mostly due to the fact that there is no evidence of any God existing. Utilizing Blaise Pascal’s wager, however, atheists would see that there is absolutely no downside to believing in God. There would even be benefits gained from believing in God. Such is the nature of Blaise Pascal’s wager. It logically lists the benefits of believing in God to show people that doing so will minimize losses and maximize gains. This appeals to human nature of safely gaining without risking anything in return. This is why I think Blaise Pascal’s wager can be used to convince atheists to believe in God. I would show them the benefits of believing in God and the fact that you would lose nothing if he actually did not exist. Not only that, but I would also show them that due to the fact that your morality stems from the guidance of religion it would help you to lead a more fulfilling life.  However, there are several limitations to using this to convert atheists into believers of God. The main fact being that they would only be believing in God to reap the benefits and not truly believe in him, losing out on the point of religion entirely. Another limitation is that atheists truly do not believe in any God, and the fact that there is really no proof could make them still doubt and hesitate believing in God even if they know there are benefits in believing in him. This lack could be made up for by showing the joys of religion and how much it can actually affect your life, God existing or not.

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