Talk:Blaise Pascal

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With all due respect, Pascal's wager is rather worthless for convincing someone to become Christian. The wager could just as easily be one about an evil higher being that will kill you if you worship him, yet reward you if you don't. ColinR 05:33, 20 March 2007 (EDT)

While I agree with you, the article doesn't actually make any claims as to the efficacy of the argument, and it's certainly notable enough to be included. I'm not sure criticism of the argument is really a suitable topic for this page; maybe for a page on the wager itself? Tsumetai 05:35, 20 March 2007 (EDT)

It says nothing about who to worship. It is equally valid when used in support of every religion that exists, or has existed. It might as well be arguing that people just worship the ancient egyptian deities - just in case.

I believe that several religions could work here, based upon the proposition. However, not all religions will work. How happy were the slaves to the Egyptian and Roman deities? The Christian faith is very adament about saying that you should enjoy your life, not in a carefree way, but by giving thanks to God for all that he has given you. We are happy, because we know that this is not it. Just because we are poor, afflicted, or full of sorrow here, we have much to look forward to in Heaven. Blessed are the poor in spirit, Blessed are the merciful, Blessed are the sick,... Christians are to remain optimistic and full of faith in their sorrow, not try to get ahead, using every means necessary. Helping others, knowing that remaining bright through the pain, and giving forgiveness make a person happier, than holding on to everything in anger. In this sense, you will have a happier life, being a Christian and Pascal was mathematically correct.

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