Pascal's wager

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After French theologian Blaise Pascal, who formulated the wager

Proper noun[edit]

Pascal's wager

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  1. (religion) An argument for theism maintaining that belief in God poses less risk if God does not exist than does eternal damnation for the atheist if God does exist.
    • 1997 October 11, Moen, Rick, “TAN: Mormons”, in rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan, Usenet[1], message-ID <61ohd0$>:
      In the unlikely event of losing Pascal's Wager, I intend to saunter in to Judgement Day with a bookshelf full of grievances, a flaming sword of my own devising, and a serious attitude problem.
    • 2001 October 17, Dershowitz, Alan, Letters to a Young Lawyer, New York: Basic Books, ISBN 9780465016310, OL 3950598M, page 194:
      I have always considered "Pascal's Wager" a questionable bet to place, since any God worth believing in would prefer an honest agnostic to a calculating hypocrite.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:Pascal's wager.