Re: [bafuture] Digest Number 1246
>>This is called "Pascal's Wager," . . .I remember being about 8 years old when I thought up Pascal's
>Except that it's a false dichotomy.
Wager for myself (I was brought up "questioning Catholic", which
is something of an oxymoron these days). Thought I was very clever.
A few weeks later I realized the fatal flaw:
Axiom 1: God is omniscient
Axiom 2: Only *genuine* belief is rewarded by heaven
Step 1: If you have genuine belief, you would not need to take the wager
Step 2: Therefore, if you accept Pascal's Wager, you do not have genuine belief
Result: God knows you cheated on the test, and you go to hell anyway.
If there is a Hell, surely someone has told Pascal already. ;-)