James And Pascal 's Defences Of Faith Essays

1025 Words Oct 13th, 2016 5 Pages
James and Pascal’s defences of faith in some of their most famous arguments, specifically Pascal’s, devalue faith by making faith selfish, providing an obvious out to faith, and making the decision of faith into a gamble, oddly, his devaluation of faith does not hurt his argument, it makes it easier to convince the skeptics. To prove that Pascal’s argument devalues faith and to understand why it doesn’t negatively affect his argument, it’s necessary to understand the whole argument. His argument can be split into quite a few premises. He starts with the possibility of God, which is the main idea of his argument. Basically, it’s possible that God does exists, and it’s also possible that God does not exist, something nearly everyone agrees on. Next, if one has faith in God and God does exist, they will be infinitely rewarded. If they do believe, and he does not exist they lose nothing. Thirdly, if one does not believe in God and God does exist they will be punished for not believing. In simple terms, believe in God because you have nothing to lose if you do, but if you don’t you could have everything to lose. Ultimately saying it’s the most logical decision to choose to believe in God because of this. He provides examples on why his argument is logical throughout his works. Many people agree with this argument, even those who believe that Pascal devalues faith, because it does contain strong components. Pascal often refers to a reward as a deciding factor in the belief of…

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