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Objections to Pascalís Wager

Notice premise: If God exists and you believe in that God, then you will have infinite bliss.

Read as:
If the Christian God exists and you believe in the Christian God, then you will have infinite bliss.

But it is also true that:
If the anti-Christian God exists, and you believe in the Christian God, then you will have infinite suffering.

Christian God existsAnti-Christian God existsNeither God exists
Believe in the Christian GodInfinite payoff
(heaven)
Negative infinite payofffinite loss at most
(Pascal: finite gain)
Donít believeNegative infinite?Infinite payoff?finite gain at most


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