NCCL: Risk, reward and faith - an introduction to Pascal's Wager

02 July 2022
10:00 - 12:30
Pascal pensees

Ask yourself this — which of the following two questions is the most important?  Is it ‘Does God exist?’ or ’Should I believe in God?’?  If you answer the latter, then substitute ‘Father Christmas’ for ‘God’ in both questions and try again.  If you answer the former, then what value does faith have? In this seminar, we’ll investigate this little conundrum with the help of Blaise Pascal, a brilliant 17th-century French mathematician, philosopher and theologian with an interest in games of chance.  Pascal argued that a rational risk-taker would bet on God’s existence and conduct his or her life accordingly.  We’ll ask whether or not this makes any sense — and if it does, what it could possibly mean both for those with faith and those without.

Led by Dr Anthony Speca
Date: 2 July 2022, 10am to 12.30pm, in Norwich Cathedral Library
Cost: £10

To book your place, contact NCCL Admin Team, NCCL@cathedral.org.uk, 01603 218443