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Taking Pascal's wager : faith, evidence, and the abundant life

Author: Michael Rota
Publisher: Downers Grove, Illinois : InterVarsity Press, an imprint of Intervarsity Press, [2016]
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"Since we can't know with absolute certainty that God exists, each of us in a sense makes a bet. If we believe in God and are right, the benefits include eternal life. If we are wrong, the downside is limited. On the other hand, we might not believe in God. If we are right, then we will have lived in line with reality. If we are wrong, however, the consequences could be eternally disastrous. This was the challenge  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rota, Michael, 1975-
Taking Pascal's wager.
Downers Grove : InterVarsity Press, 2016
(DLC) 2016010662
Named Person: Blaise Pascal
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Rota
ISBN: 9780830851362 0830851364
OCLC Number: 921867642
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: 248 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part 1. Uncertainity and commitment. A curious offer --
Pascal's wager: the basic argument --
Objections to the wager: moral reservations and the cost of commitment --
More objections to the wager: other religions and Christianity --
Part 2. Evidence. Where did physical things come from? --
Why is the universe just right for life? --
A primer on probability --
God and the multiverse --
The beauty and existential resonance of Christianity --
Counterevidence: divine hiddenness and evil --
Historical evidence for Christianity: the resurrection --
Miracle or myth? --
Part 3. Saying yes to God. Dietrich Bonhoeffer --
Jean Vanier --
Immaculée Ilibagiza --
Conclusion: Taking the wager.
Responsibility: Michael Rota.


Blaise Pascal's wager argues that since there is much to gain and relatively little to lose, the wise decision is to seek a relationship with God and live a Christian life. Michael Rota explores the  Read more...


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