Pascal's Wager Today: Belief and the Gift of Existence

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Hodge, Joel. (2014) Pascal's Wager Today: Belief and the Gift of Existence. New Blackfriars. 95(1060), pp. 698 - 710. https://doi.org/10.1111/nbfr.12058
AuthorsHodge, Joel
Abstract

The enduring value of the Pascal's Wager is that, bypassing intractable debates over God's existence, it brings the question of God into a practical, existential focus. This essay seeks to re-examine this famous Wager for its possible application to the current context of widespread agnosticism and increasingly assertive atheism. The essay argues that if rightly contextualised the Wager reminds people to seriously address their need for meaningful commitments and to confront their mortality. Rather than focusing on winning and losing in the afterlife, the Wager in our modern context can serve to highlight how human life is structured according to meaning, giftedness and relationality. Revealing the gifted and finite nature of existence provides grounds for a discussion of ultimate meaning and God.

Year2014
JournalNew Blackfriars
Journal citation95 (1060), pp. 698 - 710
ISSN0028-4289
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/nbfr.12058
Page range698 - 710
Research GroupSchool of Theology
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