Analysis Of Pascal 's Wager 's Argument Essay

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The Investigation into Two Objections to Pascal’s Wager
In his essay “Wagering belief: examining two objections to Pascal’s wager,” D. Groothuis (1994) provides two explanations of objections to Pascal’s wager. He first begins to explain the basic structure of Pascal’s wager and then proceeds to critique two objections against it. The first of these examinations is whether Pascal’s guide for invoking belief involve a forced brainwashing. The second is why a theistic belief for salvation may or may not be sufficient for a theological argument. As a basic structure for his argument, Pascal’s wager attempts to make the reader want to believe in God despite whatever their current belief may be. Groothuis shares how the wager claims it is ‘safer and smarter to be a theist’ when considering all outcomes of belief (Groothuis p. 479). To be a theist and have God not to exist would be a better situation than to be an atheist and there exist a God who requires belief for eternal salvation (p. 479). Groothuis recognizes Pascal’s belief that someone may not believe in God at first but by putting in an effort to try they will be rewarded with faith. ‘One will believe in God through habituation, and not persuasion,’ a quote that Groothuis has shown to incite what may be considered religious brainwashing by critics (p. 480). The argument against this repetition of religious activities is that there is no rational justification for it and that it is simply brainwashing. Habituation is not…

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