Religious Studies

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The Will to Come Out All Right

Herb Yarvina1

a1 Professor of Philosophy, the University of Manitoba

William James presents Pascal's wager in this manner: if you believe in God and God exists, then your gain is infinite; if you believe in God and God doesn't exist, then your loss is finite. Therefore, since a finite loss is reasonable where there is the possibility of infinite gain, you ought to believe in God. ‘What have you to lose?’ James asks (II).1