[LMB] OT: All discussions re religion vs. atheism

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Mon Sep 12 23:52:43 BST 2011

On Sep 12, 2011, at 4:42 PM, JenL wrote:

> I think I have a blind spot for agnostics, because my church always had such
> a bright line (you believe or you're lost) sort of attitude - it could
> actually be scary because it starts getting into that area where, if you
> think the God they describe might be real, you'd better be on His good side.
> It's one of the reasons it took me a while to admit I was an atheist - the
> consequences of deciding He wasn't real and being wrong... ?

Taking Pascal's wager requires that you pick the most likely belief that can save you.   I doubt very much if many people study a bunch of religions and pick the most likely out of those who punish people for guessing wrong.

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