Pascal argues that a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. Unsourced material may be a thinker’s guide to the philosophy of religion pdf download and removed. God is, or God is not. Reason cannot decide between the two alternatives.
A Game is being played where heads or tails will turn up. Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. 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. They should then ‘at least learn your inability to believe’ and ‘Endeavour then to convince’ themselves. Pascal asks the reader to analyze humankind’s position, where our actions can be enormously consequential but our understanding of those consequences is flawed. While we can discern a great deal through reason, we are ultimately forced to gamble. This is what I see, and what troubles me. I look on all sides, and everywhere I see nothing but obscurity.