Faith for the gambler

An introduction to Pascal's wager

Ask yourself this — which of the following two questions is the most important?  Is it ‘Does God exist?’ or ’Should I believe in God?’?  If you answer the latter, then substitute ‘Father Christmas’ for ‘God’ in both questions and try again.  If you answer the former, then what value does faith have? In this seminar, we’ll investigate this little conundrum with the help of Blaise Pascal, a brilliant 17th-century French mathematician, philosopher and theologian with an interest in games of chance.  Pascal argued that a gambling man would bet on God’s existence and conduct his life accordingly.  We’ll ask whether or not this makes any sense — and if it does, what it could possibly mean both for those with faith and those without.

Tutor: Dr Anthony Speca
Date: Saturday 6 June 2020, 10am-12.30pm, in Norwich Cathedral Library
Cost: £10 
Certificate in Christian Studies: In-depth option in subject area 4, Doctrine and theology

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