Talk:Pascal's wager

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This is true if

The page says, "This is true regardless of what probability one assigns to God's existence as long as some possibility is assigned. " This is not accurate, if you assign an infinitely small value to the possibility. This would result in a finite value for the belief. This is one of the many hole's in the "Wager". It is more of a philosophical way of making fellow believers pretend there is a logocal basis to their belief, than anything meaningful. Boomcoach 14:00, 25 January 2008 (EST)

First, I think you mean "infintesimally small". Probabilities (mathmematically) are always between 0 (impossible) and 1 (certain). For instance, the probability that if I flip a fair coin, it will come up tummies is 0 because there is no such side of the coin. The probability that it will come up either heads or tails (assuming it lands) is 1. Infinitely small is negative infinity, which is not a possible probability. Second, from a probability perspective an infintesimal number would be 0, meaning that God definitively does not exist, thus denying the initial premise "God either exists or does not". Also, see my note below on a different matter

1 over infinity as a mathematical value is zero. Also, it is a religious philosophical question. It's not abrahamic other than the fact it was created in the west. Learn together 19:22, 29 February 2008 (EST)

Believing in God when none exists

I always thought that if you believe in God when none exists, you lose "the price of piety", which is relatively small compared to the reward of heaven or the punishment of hell, but still legitimate. For instance, instead of going to church every week for no reason (since God in this scenario doesn't exist) you could have been out doing something else. And that opportunity lost is considered "the cost of piety". If there is no objection in a few days, I will make that change. Gregkochuconn 07:08, 10 March 2012 (EST)

I will make the change now. Feel free to revert it if you disagree and explain why. Gregkochuconn 11:58, 14 March 2012 (EDT)