Answers to Faith and Reason, Pascal, Clifford

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Chia-jung (Kieran) Tsai Faith and Reason, Pascal, Clifford 20 January 2011 1. What is the wager that Pascal advocates, and how does he calculate the cost-benefit ratio? Pascal advocates that one should wager to believe in God. He advocates thus by comparing the gains and losses in believing in God and the gains and losses of not believing in God. He calculates this ratio by first establishing that God is of infinite nature, and thus the benefits that we gain for believing God would be infinite and in comparison our losses would be finite as we are finite beings. If we were to choose not to believe in God though, then the benefit would be finite and the loss infinite. 2. How might Clifford respond to Pascal’s Wager as a justification for believing in
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Unformatted text preview: god? Clifford sees Pascals Wager to believe in God as a practical answer to whether we should believe in God but not a moral one. His main point is that each individual cannot be ignorant and is responsible for our thoughts as they impact society as a whole. He stressed that we need reason and evidence in our belief and also a constantly inquiring mind. Therefore, if a person believes in God merely because of practicality, as Pascal had proposed, without evidence; then it will bring danger to the society and the loss would not be the loss of the individual alone. Hence it would be immoral....
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This note was uploaded on 11/25/2011 for the course PHIL 110 taught by Professor Markjones during the Winter '11 term at BYU.

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