I was directed to read this post written by an Atheist, who debunked the premise of Pascal’s wager, during a debate an a post about my post about whether God is easily offended. Pascal’s wager is often posed by Christians trying to defend their right to their Faith from unbelievers. It says simply that if God doesn’t exist, the Believer loses nothing, but if God exists, the unbeliever will suffer loss.
It is a good article for every Believer to read, especially those who are into apologetics, so they can better understand the atheistic perspective. I think my response to the authour, copied below, captures the problem Christians have with Atheists, which resort to them using Pascal’s wager, without even considering that someone has used that argument before them…
Great and challenging piece on the topic of faith and Pascal’s wager. I actually used it in a recent debate with an Atheist, and I will admit, it was made because I was “backed into the corner” regarding the issue of “proof”.
But that is the fallacy here… demanding proof to have “faith” is not actually to have faith at all, and that is what the logical atheist cannot appreciate.
For the record, I didn’t come to believe because Pascal’s wager was pointed to me, I simply believed, and my belief has been reinforced by a relationship with God. I also wouldn’t respect anyone who comes to belief because they are backed into the corner with Pascal’s wager.
Pascal’s wager is simply our way of saying you are asking us to throw away “faith” by reason of your demand for “proof”, but we value our faith more than your unbelief.
The Faith/Logic argument will be an unending one, not because faith has no logic, but because logic has no faith!
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