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Pascal’s Wager or Professor Smiggles’s Wager? New Angle on an Old Controversy

Pascal’s Wager or Professor Smiggles’s Wager? New Angle on an Old Controversy

Pascal’s wager is an old and controversial idea found among some Christians.

As for 26/10/2017, Wikipedia says (see first link above):

Pascal argues that a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. If God does not actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (some pleasures, luxury, etc.), whereas they stand to receive infinite gains (as represented by eternity in Heaven) and avoid infinite losses (eternity in Hell).

This is probably not convincing to a lot of people.

But I’ve got a better dilemma for the spiritually inclined.

Professor Guru Angus Lenn(on/in)vedanta Smiggles of the Social Constructionist String Theory Department in Bushmills Metaphysical College has kindly provided a not-so-confidential essay leak from one of his students:

If you finally do go to the pearly gates and you find out it’s Buddha and Guru Nanak there, you’ll be no worse off than if you expected St Peter; as long as you’ve tried to be an OK person.

But if you’ve been dogmatically certain that you just know God or Allah or Ha-Shem is on the throne, and everyone else can get fucked, then you’ve probably led a bit of a shitty life.

Keep an open mind and do your best, and try not to be a dick, essentially.

Ideology kills.

Authentic spirituality gives life.

Sounds about right!

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