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PASCAL’s 17th century Wager

Blaise Pascal was a 17th century French mathematician and scientist who is considered to be the father of modern probability theory. He is best known in philosophical and theological circles for “Pascal's Wager”: the suggestion that it is better to believe in the existence of God then to be an Atheist, for the simple reason that it is the bet that gives the better chance for a good outcome.

Pascal wrote:

"If there is a God, He is infinitely incomprehensible, since, having, neither parts nor limits, He has no affinity to us. We are then incapable of knowing either what He is or if He is ... you must wager. It is not optional. You are embarked. Which will you choose then? Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then without hesitation that he is."


Pascal's writing:


"But there is an eternity of life and happiness. And this being so, if there were an infinity of chances, of which one only would be for you, you would still be right in wagering one to win two, and you would act stupidly, being obliged to play, by refusing to stake one life against three at a game in which out of an infinity of chances there is one for you, if there were an infinity of an infinitely happy life to gain. But there is here an infinity of an infinitely happy life to gain, a chance of gain against a finite number of chances of loss, and what you stake is finite. It is all divided; wherever the infinite is and there is not an infinity of chances of loss against that of gain, there is no time to hesitate, you must give all..."

 He wrote:

"Let us see. Since there is an equal risk of gain and of loss, if you had only to gain two lives, instead of one, you might still wager. But if there were three lives to gain, you would have to play (since you are under the necessity of playing), and you would be imprudent, when you are forced to play, not to chance your life to gain three at a game where there is an equal risk of loss and gain. But there is an eternity of life and happiness."


Pascal wrote:

"God is, or He is not." But to which side shall we incline? Reason can decide nothing here.  Which will you choose then?  Let us see. Since you must choose, let us see which interests you least.  Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.  Wager, then, without hesitation that He is."


Acts 16:30 "  

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved!


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Pascal's Wager. Blaise Pascal was a 17th century French mathematician and scientist who is considered to be the father of modern probability theory.

Pascal's Wager. Blaise Pascal was a 17th century French mathematician and scientist who is considered to be the father of modern probability theory.Pascal's Wager. Blaise Pascal was a 17th century French mathematician and scientist who is considered to be the father of modern probability theory.
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