The Piece Faith Without Reasoning By Pascal 's Wager Essay

1487 Words Sep 15th, 2016 6 Pages
Sometimes, belief is considered a beneficial thing regardless of whether it is true or untrue. For example, if one enters a sports competition as a low underdog, a strong belief in team unity and ability can propel the team that should have lost to victory. This idea that meaningful beliefs overshadow those that are true is called pragmatism. Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician, physician, and religious philosopher ( Editors), took a pragmatic approach to the widely discussed topic of God’s existence. In his piece Faith Without Reasoning, Pascal gives us a scenario penned “Pascal’s Wager,” which insists that from a gambler’s standpoint, we should always side with accepting God’s existence. Although after careful consideration it essentially fails to properly carry out its purpose, it is still considered one of the greatest philosophical arguments for God.

Pascal begins with this fact, “ is certain, that either there is a God, or there is not; there can be no medium.” (Pascal 35). Next, both sides must agree that reason cannot bring about an answer, so it is a blind choice. Since neither side can possibly prove their stance as truth, choosing one is as reasonable or unreasonable as choosing the other. He goes on to say that one must choose either side, and by choosing not to choose, he or she is denying God 's existence and placed in the second class. Pascal then describes the choices and the consequences of being right or wrong in each group.


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