The wager

The philosophy uses the following logic (excerpts from Pensées, part III, §233):

1. "God is, or He is not"
2. A Game is being played... where heads or tails will turn up.
3. According to reason, you can defend neither of the propositions.
4. You must wager (it is not optional).
5. Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.
6. Wager, then, without hesitation that He is. (...) There is here an infinity of an infinitely happy life to gain, a chance of gain against a finite number of chances of loss, and what you stake is finite. And so our proposition is of infinite force, when there is the finite to stake in a game where there are equal risks of gain and of loss, and the infinite to gain.
7. But some cannot believe. They should then 'at least learn your inability to believe...' and 'Endeavour then to convince' themselves.

To put it simply in my opinion atheism is an irrational belief, why would anyone risk their potentially eternal soul because they would rather believe in nothing?
DigitalStar DigitalStar
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5 Responses Aug 20, 2014

this is such an incredible way of putting it, but my question is, if the religion based on 100% faith in God, can a person have 100% faith if they only believe in God because they're scared of going to hell?

Very good point and I think faith can derive from fear, I personally think it's a terrible reason to believe and hate when it's fire and brimstone is preached over love and forgiveness but to each his own.

Some people clearly took this out of context I am not trying to change the opinions of an atheist just presenting an argument and asking for people's opinion on said argument. This is not a rant or my way of converting anyone, I posted in the I believe in god section not the I am an atheist section, so if you have something to add to what I've said or an opinion on the article please comment :)

I never took it out of context I just thought you had a thing against atheism that's all lol

Oh not at all I find atheism fascinating it's a bold stance and I personally admire anyone who knows what they believe and stands firm to that belief. There is something beautiful about knowing what you believe whether that be in a loving creator or just matter, to me everyone believes in a 'God' it's just about how involved 'God' is or if 'God' is even sentient.

oh okay thanks for the reply

if atheists believe in nothing then that is their choice and I've read about atheism it's not that they don't believe in god they just don't believe there is a spirit of god and if I'm wrong well then so be it everybody has their own beliefes and yeah they might not believe in The Lord but that's their concern not years I for one am not athieist or even religious I'm just a person who believes in god and beliefes she will go to heaven when she dies :)

I'm not atheist but I don't follow a religion I'm more spiritual than religious I've learned if you want to get people to change their beliefs you can't prod them along you have to just put the information out there and let them do there thing if they choose not to believe something than just back off

Oh no. You're calling out the reddit atheists. I believe in God, but I also believe that we must leave other people be. Whatever floats their boat.