Blaise pascal

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Blaise pascal

  1. 1. Blaise Pascal 1623-1662 French philosopher, mathematician, physicist, and a gambler who was fond of high stakes….his soul!
  2. 2. You can choose a virtuous life or a sinful one <ul><li>Sinful life: </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate pleasure with the possibility of eternal punishment </li></ul><ul><li>A virtuous life lacks some of the pleasures available in a mortal existence, but has a possible eternal reward… </li></ul>
  3. 3. So there are two possibilities: <ul><li>GOD EXISTS OR HE DOES NOT </li></ul><ul><li>Four possible outcomes- here comes the wager…. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Belief + God= Win Belief without God= Null Sin without God= Null Sin + God= Loss
  5. 5. So… <ul><li>For Pascal, the only way to WIN is to believe in God and live accordingly. </li></ul><ul><li>The only way to lose is to not believe… </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why did Homer go back to church? <ul><li>Can you apply Pascal’s wager to Homer in the episode we watched? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the faults in Pascal’s wager? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Faults in Pascal’s Wager <ul><li>He assumes that if there is a God, there is only one God, and only one religion, one standard of virtue to follow in living for that God. </li></ul><ul><li>His wager does not consider the consequences of choosing a belief system that was not the most correct system in the eyes of the creator. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Pascal’s wager is also written in mathematics… <ul><li>½*~ + 1/2 [F2*p+f3*(1-p)] = </li></ul><ul><li>It’s easier to understand in words… </li></ul>
  9. 9. Predestination: <ul><li>Predestination concerns God’s decision to create and govern creation, and the extent to which God’s decisions determine ahead of time what the destiny of groups and individuals will be. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Food for Thought: <ul><li>If God’s predestinating decision based on a knowledge of His own will, or does it arise from a foreknowledge of the future? </li></ul><ul><li>How free is God in effecting His part in the eventual outcome? </li></ul><ul><li>How particular is God’s prior decision? Is it concerned with particular persons and events, or is it limited to broad categories of people and things? </li></ul>

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