I was searching for something else when I came across this video by Zinnia Jones (love her!) on the subject of Pascal's Wager.
There are many people who completely misunderstand atheism, assuming that we really believe in gods, we're just really mad at them, and not on speaking terms at the moment. That's why Pascal's Wager doesn't work for those of us who don't believe in any gods. There are too many problems with it - starting with the notion that we believe in a god, we're just "rejecting" him.
Pascal's Wager would have to suppose the existence of gods, or "THE GOD" (which, in reality, could be any version of the Abrahamic god, but you'd better pick the right one, or risk his wrath), in order to work. Atheists don't believe in the existence of gods, not because we're really believers, just angry or disappointed in them, but because we don't have any convincing evidence that any exist.
Pascal's Wager is clearly ineffective. Do you think there's a way to convince someone who doesn't believe in the existence of any gods? Do you think your god (again, supposing that he exists) would judge someone on their inability to believe in him? Would that be just?Answer Question
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