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Blaise Pascal's Wager

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He disposes of the weak arguments of atheists who do not believe in God and rejects the arguments of agnostics who state that God’ s existence cannot be either proved or disproved. Pascal makes a strong argument against agnosticism saying that God exists but is alienated from the human. He argues about the limitations of comprehension and perception of the human mind as it cannot comprehend infinite values, eternity and infinity in general. The human mind is unable to cognize infinity of the universe and the infinity of primary particles as molecules or atoms.

The human mind has its limitations and as he argues god exists over the limits of the human mind so his existence is an unbreakable postulate. Explaining the particularities of human comprehension based on logic, rationalism and objective thinking Pascal’ s showed that from any approach there is a more positive witness for God's existence than against it. As Peter Kreeft writes in the article: Argument from Pascal’ s wager: The agnostic says, "The right thing is not to wager at all. " Pascal replies, "But you must wager.

There is no choice. You are already committed [embarked]. " We are not outside observers of life, but participants. We are like ships that need to get home, sailing past a port that has signed on it proclaiming that it is our true home and our true happiness. The ships are our own lives and the signs on the port say "God". The agnostic says he will neither put in at that port (believe) nor turn away from it (disbelieve) but stay anchored a reasonable distance away until the weather clears and he can see better whether this is the true port or a fake (for there are a lot of fakes around).

Why is this attitude unreasonable, even impossible? Because we are moving. The ship of life is moving along the waters of time, and there comes a point of no return, when our fuel runs out when it is too late. The Wager works because of the fact of death. Pascal makes a clear statement that to his point of view those who believe in God would be in a favorable position and those who not would be in hell in case God exists.

The conclusions that come out of Pascal’ s wager may be only of two types: with outcomes for those who believe and with outcomes for those who do not.

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  • Pages: 8 (2000 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Philosophy
  • Level: Undergraduate
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