Pascal 's Argument On The Existence Of God Essay

818 Words Oct 7th, 2015 4 Pages
In this essay I first outline Pascal’s wager to the existence of God and then evaluate his argument. Pascal argues that one ought to wager “that God is” because “[i]f you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing,” and that given this, one can bring oneself to believe in God. I argue that one cannot truly bring themselves to believe in God.
Pascal’s argument is set up in three parts. The first part accepts that God is infinitely incomprehensible. To conclude to this, one has to understand the existence and nature of the finite and infinite. We know the existence of the finite because we are finite and have extension and limits. We know the existence of the infinite even though we do not understand it because it has extension like us, but no limits. For example, numbers are infinite because they have extension but no limits. However, we do not understand the existence of God because God has neither extension nor limits. God is able to do far beyond what we can ever imagine therefore to us he is infinitely incomprehensible.
The second part to Pascal’s argument is his wager. The first premise is “If there is a god, he is infinitely incomprehensible, reason can decide nothing here.” This is supported by his first argument that God is beyond our understanding. His second premise is, knowing that God is infinitely incomprehensible, one must wager whether or not God exists. Pascal says, “You must wager. It is not optional.” Pascal then adds, “if you gain, you gain all; if…

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