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Old October 28th, 2012 (9:28 AM).
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Old October 28th, 2012 (2:17 PM).
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I love how Pascal's Wager is in the free space! :p
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Old November 24th, 2012 (3:54 PM).
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I could most likely go to Google and find the answer to this, but what would be the point of that when it may generate discussion? :P

Can somebody please explain to me what exactly is Pascal's Wager?
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Old November 24th, 2012 (6:00 PM).
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I could most likely go to Google and find the answer to this, but what would be the point of that when it may generate discussion? :P

Can somebody please explain to me what exactly is Pascal's Wager?
Pascal's Wager is considered the safe route, and is used by many theists to confirm their beliefs.

Pascal was a French guy who made a wager. Basically he said that it's safer to believe in God and be wrong, than to not believe in God and be wrong.
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Old November 25th, 2012 (11:55 AM).
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Oddly enough, Pascal's Wager isn't one I ever heard when I was growing up and butting heads with people over religion. (I attribute this to it being a more philosophical argument, and philosophy requires a little more critical thinking than just telling someone they're wrong.) I did hear "Maybe you evolved from apes, but I didn't!" more than once though.
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I came to Pascal's Wager by thinking on my own, but after a while I decided it couldn't actually work. Because there's no "faking" belief in God, and if God was real he would totally know that you were just saying you believed in him and what was really in your heart. Also it doesn't address the fact that believing in God when God isn't real, if you're not 100% certain and content in your religion, hurts you in the long run in the one life you have, so it is harmful to believe in God at times. Aaaand it doesn't address the thousands of religions in existence. For all we know Greek gods are the real gods, and they prefer you be an atheist than worship a fake god or something. Who knows?
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Old November 25th, 2012 (2:40 PM).
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    Hey guys, I'm an atheist, too! I want to join this club.

    I completely agree with Toujours on Pascal's Wager.
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    Old November 25th, 2012 (10:12 PM).
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    If Pascal's wager is logical, it applies for anything, no? According to Pascal's wager, I should also practice Buddhism just in case the ultimate goal really is Nirvana, because if I don't, I might be reborn into a cricket or something. On the other hand, I should practice Islam just in case Allah banishes me to Jahannam if I don't! Pascal's wager doesn't really hold any water at all.
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    Old November 26th, 2012 (12:46 AM).
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    ^ Hense why it's easily overturned.

    It's normally used by Christians, since Pascal was a Christian philospher. It's a last resort argument for believers when approached by non believers.
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      ^ Hense why it's easily overturned.

      It's normally used by Christians, since Pascal was a Christian philospher. It's a last resort argument for believers when approached by non believers.
      Hum, truth be told, I thought like that for a while (as in, believed in pascal's wager) but then I realized it's just really stupid. And I also think that if a christian uses that as a reason to believe, he's not really christian at all.... if you believe, it's because you believe God is real, not to be safe.
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      Old November 26th, 2012 (10:19 AM).
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      I got preached at today at uni by some guy from a union doing a survey :P Was lovely.

      He seemed to think there was more evidence for Jesus living than there was Julius Caesar... It was pretty weird. He didn't like how I said his evidence was rubbish :X.
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      Old November 26th, 2012 (10:38 AM).
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        I got preached at today at uni by some guy from a union doing a survey :P Was lovely.

        He seemed to think there was more evidence for Jesus living than there was Julius Caesar... It was pretty weird. He didn't like how I said his evidence was rubbish :X.
        It's easy to deal with such people. Just quote Dr. House: "Oh, you're selling religion? I'm sorry, I bought some islam yesterday." They go away after than xD
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