Mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal said that when it comes to our greatest question, there are only two possibilities: either there is a God or there is not.1 He also noted that everyone “wagers” their lives on their chosen response. It cannot be ignored.
So how are we to assess Pascal’s Wager? Blind faith is irrational, but blind cynicism leads only to hopelessness. Careful investigation and thoughtful consideration seem the wisest course of action.
Even if we approach Pascal’s Wager with skepticism, we still have reason to inquire about the nature of spiritual beliefs. If God does exist, our conclusion may lead us to personal discoveries far better than we thought possible.
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1 Blaise Pascal, Pensees, #233.