Pascal's wager

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Pascal's wager

n.
An argument according to which belief in God is rational whether or not God exists, since falsely believing that God exists leads to no harm whereas correctly believing that God exists may lead to an eternal reward.

[After Blaise Pascal.]
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Pascal's wager

n
(Philosophy) philosophy the argument that it is in one's rational self-interest to act as if God exists, since the infinite punishments of hell, provided they have a positive probability, however small, outweigh any countervailing advantage
[C17: named after Blaise Pascal]
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This paper elicit from Pascal Wager the benefits and values of a belief in God without concentrating on the functionality of the wager as a means to affirming one's faith in God.
For as much faith as you've put in History, for all the belief Pascal wagered in favor of God, and despite every scintilla of reason, we're still walking around with a lot of dust in our cuffs, debating with an immeasurable absence over things we haven't received, or those we have....