Covid-19 and Pascal's Wager
July 10, 2020
Blaise Pascal was a 17th-century French philosopher grappling with a question that had troubled many philosophers before him: how does one rationally prove the existence of God?
Pascal decided that God’s existence cannot be proved. Instead, he proposed a wager. Pascal suggests that, since we can have no certain knowledge on the subject, we must wager on one of two possible alternatives. Either God is or he is not. There is no third option. If we wager that God is real and live accordingly, only to discover later that we are wrong, we have lost nothing. However, if we wager that God does...