The Express is a free newspaper handed out on the metro in the mornings here in D.C. (I understand they have it in other cities too, right?) On my way into work today I saw a number of people reading it, and I kept catching just the top half of the ad that was on the back page. It read, "Why believe in God?"
I couldn't see the answer since for some reason or other everyone around me managed to have that part covered. As I got off the metro I grabbed one of the papers, just to check the bottom half of the ad. I was hoping it would be some sort of controversial statement that would give me good cause to put up an interesting post, and not something lame like "Because he believes in you."
You'll never guess what it said.
Anyway, I decided that was still good fodder for a post: why believe in God? The topic has kind of been addressed here and on Zhubin and Ben's blogs, and maybe a couple of others, but I figure it's certainly a question worth taking up again.
Unfortunately it's late, and I'm tired, and I really don't have the energy to handle this topic right now, so instead I'm going to take up just one reason why you should believe in God: Pascal's Wager. Frankly, it's a somewhat compelling risk/reward game theory, and I think it's a point that's always worth making in any theism/atheism discussion. So if this were the longer version of "why believe in God", Pascal's Wager would probably have been point number one, just to lay it on the table.
I'm going to assume everyone is familiar with argument itself, and instead move into my question: are there any really good critiques or counter-arguments to Pascal's Wager? I know I took this topic up in philosophy 101, and probably a couple other places, but I honestly don't recall any substantial counter-arguments, and certainly none that were compelling.
So anyone out there, whether you're a theist or an atheist, are there any arguments against Pascal's Wager that you find compelling, or that at least make some good points?
Also, this raises the perfect song quote. Patric, I expect you to get this. If anyone beats him to it, double points.
And it's not that I believe in your almight
But I might as well as insurance or bail