argument trotted out by religious believers
, particularly in the Judeo-Christian tradition
, in favour of belief in divinity
. The argument goes as follows: you may either believe in God
or not, and he may or may not actually exist
. If you believe in him, it is irrelevant if he doesn't exist (and by extension
there is no afterlife
), while if he does you are offered a place in the light eternal
. If you don't believe in him, then if you are right it is irrelevant to your metaphysical fate
and if you are wrong you will go to Hell
. Therefore you might as well believe in him ... what do you have to lose?
Leaving aside the pettiness
the argument ascribes to a supposedly all-loving
God who has supposedly gifted us with some of the finest intell...