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1/21/11 Blaise Pascal Born on June 19, 1623 in France He was a mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and a Catholic Philosopher The SI unit of pressure was named after him for his scientific contributions Plagued with illnesses
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1/21/11 Pascal’s Wager An Attempt to justify belief in god through self interest Pascal’s work in mathematical probabilities formed the basis for his argument Felt one should wager as though God exists
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1/21/11 The wager It’s possible God exists or does not exist Two probable outcomes Belief in God and its outcomes Not believing in God and its outcomes It is rational to believe in the Christian God and irrational not to
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1/21/11 William K. Clifford Born on May 4th, 1845 in England Mathematician and Philosopher “It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence” To believe by suppressing doubts is unethical
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Unformatted text preview: unethical • The actions are wrong not the belief 1/21/11 William James • Essay on “Mysticism” from his book The varieties of Religious Experiences • 4 defining qualities of “Mystical states of consciousness” • Ineffability, Noetic Quality, Transiency, Passivity • By accepting the potential 1/21/11 Soren Kierkegaard • Danish philosopher who is considered to be the father or modern existentialism • “The Leap of Faith and the Limits of Reason” • Reasoning powers are limited when it comes to the metaphysical • Must let go of trying to “prove” 1/21/11 Reflections on Philosophy of Religion • Reflecting on religion • Religion Provides framework • These are the questions of soul yearns to comprehend • Thinking philosophically helps guide us to right answers ,develops the most informed understanding of religious experience we can...
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