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Unformatted text preview: Joseph Dombrosky Professor Manley April 8, 2008 TA: Sam Shpall Essay #3 Does God Exist? If so, Does that Give Us Meaning? There have been many arguments for Gods existence. However, with Pojman and Pascal, their arguments center more on the benefits of living as if God exists than whether or not he actually does. Pojman contends that we should live as if God exists because Religion gives us a purpose to life and a basis for morality that is too valuable to dismiss lightly (CR, Pojman, p. 30). He continues to state that acting/living as if God exists will result in a better civilization as the virtues of theism will then be able to inspire our society. This is different from Pascals Wager. Pascal contends that if one wagers God exists, and he does, one gains all; but if one wagers God doesnt exist and he does, one loses all (CR, Pascal, #233). In addition, if God doesnt exist, it doesnt matter what is wagered because the result will be the status quo. Pascal incorporates the notion of an afterlife into the wager: if God exists, one will either eternally gain...
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course PHIL 155g taught by Professor Manley during the Spring '08 term at USC.
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