Pascal : The Benefits Or Drawbacks For Believing

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Blaise Pascal used probability theory to show the benefits or drawbacks for believing in God. Pascal believed that reason could not show if God existed or not. He proposed that people must “wager” one way or the other on the sides of believing in God. He states God will, reward whoever accepts him, and infinitely punish or abandon whoever rejects him. Pascal’s argument is wise in the aspect that it persuades people to believe in a being, without proof of this being. Pascal’s wager is stout as it appeals to people’s own happiness/self-interest, but displays a weakness as only discusses the possibility of the existence of an all-good God which can be refuted by his own statement. Pascal’s wager does a tremendous job in pitting the ideas of infinite gain and infinite loss against each other. Pascal’s wager goes as follows, if one accepts God and God exists, then a person will gain an infinite reward, but if God does not exist one will suffer some finite loses or if one does not accept God and God exists, then a person will suffer infinite loss, but if God does not exist one will gain some finite rewards. This argument can be expressed mathematically for the acceptance of God as well, if the probability of God existing is any number greater than zero, then the infinite multiplier from God existing would result in the utility being infinitely positive. The other aspect for if God does not exist, would result in the multiplication of the minute probability of God existing,

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