Monday, March 28, 2005

Pascal's Wager

I'm on a philosophy of kick at the moment. I must say I really don't like Pascal's Wager. It's got a sort of mercenary feel to it. The argument doesn't actually say anything about the existence of God. It basically just says that if you don't believe in God you could be well and truly screwed. Another reason I don't like the argument is that it weighs the pros and cons solely in terms of what happens after death. The hereafter is, after all, the name of the game in Christianity. But if I were formulating the wager, I'd want to include some assessment about whether belief in God improves the quality of this life. So which is it? Better living through theism or atheism?