Pascal’s Wager

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A prudential argument is one that concerns itself with personal benefit and detriment in matters of belief in general and concerning Christianity in particular. People should believe certain things for their own self-benefit or self-preservation. Pascal believed a person reaps infinite benefit in betting life on God’s existence but experiences no loss if He does not in fact exist. However, a person suffers infinite defeat in not wagering on God’s existence, yet receives no real gain if God does not exist. Therefore, Pascal urged, put your faith in God. Like Pascal, Jesus makes similar arguments (Matt. 5:11-12; Luke 9:23-25).  He did not believe there was neutrality. If you believe in God, you’re choosing to not believe. If you choose not to choose, you’re choosing not to believe. There is no middle ground. Douglas Groothuis in his book Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith responds to two common objections made…

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