PAUL SAKA a1 a1 Department of Philosophy, University of Houston, Houston, TX 772004
Pascal's Wager is finding ever more defenders who aim to undermine the
old Many Gods Objection. It is my thesis that they are mistaken. After describing
the Wager and the objection, I report on Jeff Jordan's repeated attempt to limit
legitimate religious hypotheses to those that are traditional. In separate sections I
criticize Jordan, first coming from epistemology and second from anthropology.
Then I describe George Schlesinger's repeated appeal to the ‘simplest’ religious
hypothesis, and argue that it fails for similar reasons. Finally, I summarize and
reject miscellaneous defences of Pascal by Robert Anderson, Bradley Armour-Garb,
James Franklin, Joshua Golding, and Nicholas Rescher.