Sunday, February 18, 2007

Blaise Pascal

Pascal’s famous wager goes like this, and I ask each of my readers to carefully reflect on it: God either exists or he does not exist, so I must of necessity lay odds for or against him, since I have free choice and in such an important matter I cannot remain neutral. If I wager for God, and God exists—then I have an infinite gain. However, if God does not exist, then there is no loss. If I wager against God, and God exists—then I will suffer an infinite loss. However, if God does not exist, then there is neither loss nor gain. --Kenneth Baker, S.J. Blaise Pascal's wager, Homiletic & Pastoral Review, reprinted in Catholics United for the Faith Milwaukee Chapter newsletter, November 2008

Recommended reading:
by Blaise Pascal at Reading Rat

Criticism (articles, essays, reviews):

Amy Welborn reviews Pascal's Wager: The Man Who Played Dice With God by James A. Connor, posted at Open Book, February 14, 2007

Pascal: The First Modern Christian, by Edward T. Oakes, First Things August/September 1999

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