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This post is a translation of an article I wrote in Greek back in 2010

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was a French mathematician and physicist and made great progress in the formulation of the laws of probability. At the same time he was also part of the dispute between Jansenites and Jesuits and for this reason he wrote his famous book “Thoughts” (Pensées) which contains the now infamous “Pascal’s Wager”

Typically the Wager is quoted as such: “If you bet on God’s existence and he indeed exists, you win everything; otherwise yoy lose nothing”. Needless to say that Pascal wrote a lot more stuff than a single sentence on the matter. You can read it below and I will make my comments afterwards (the numbers in square brackets are marked sentences to be used later for commenting). You can read the entire book at Project Guttenberg.

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Before I admitted even to myself that I was an atheist, while I was still struggling with my faith, I was always troubled by the very first chapter of the Bible; God creating the World. Does this even make sense? Why would a God want to create a material World? The more I delved in theology, the more this bothered me. I won’t even touch the rest of the story here, the original sin, the problem of evil, or the grand philosophical problems of heavenly clouds, pits of hell, demons, imps and angels. I’ll stop here, on the first page. After all, if a worldview has a problem right from the start, there’s little point in dealing with details.

There are two alternatives for the Universe having a divine creator. He either created it on purpose (voluntarily) or by accident (involuntarily). Let’s start with the second case, being the most implausible one.

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