Monday, May 9, 2011

The Cost of Being Wrong

What is the cost of being wrong for the Christian and the atheist? If Christianity is correct, the cost of being an atheist is Earthly blindness and eternal Hell. If Atheism is correct, then the cost of being a Christian is Earthly blindness only. So the cost of being wrong for both the Christian and the atheist is a lifetime of Earthly blindness, but the atheist has the additional cost of eternal Hell. Pascal’s wager can be persuasive here, but the costs do have one key feature in common: they both affect the entire length of our existence. If the Christian is wrong, he spends this one and only precious life devoted to fictions that were told to him by other people.

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