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Philosophia Christi

Volume 21, Issue 1, 2019

20th Anniversary Edition

Elizabeth Jackson, Andrew Rogers
Pages 59-84
DOI: 10.5840/pc201921110

Salvaging Pascal’s Wager

Many think that Pascal’s Wager is a hopeless failure. A primary reason for this is because a number of challenging objections have been raised to the wager, including the “many-gods” objection and the “mixed strategy” objection. We argue that both objections are formal, but not substantive, problems for the wager, and that they both fail for the same reason. We then respond to additional objections to the wager. We show how a version of Pascalian reasoning succeeds, giving us a reason to pay special attention to the infinite consequences of our actions.