Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Group 4: Pascal's Wager
The problem I have with Pascal's Wager is that it goes against what I thought philosophy was meant to do, find the truth if possible using logic and reason. With this argument, it is not out of logic and reason, but rather fear. He supposes that you have nothing to lose from believing in God, right or wrong, and everything to lose in not believing in God. But what about the way that you lead the life you have? I do believe that there is something , if not much, lost in believing in a God and a religion that comes with confining rules that you must follow. It puts restrictions on your experiences in life. It effects both the physical and mental aspects in life that you can explore. I guess Nietzsche said it better with his idea of the "slave morality". These limitations on experiencing the fullest life possible in order to stay under the control of God is horrible to begin with, little alone to take on a God and lifestyle that I do not believe in. To me, it is a risk I'm willing to take. Fear can not overpower me to live a life that I can't believe in.