For some reason I was thinking about Pascal’s Wager today. I have never been a huge fan or it, or any other attempt to make faith more an act of man’s reason than God’s grace. (Not that I think faith is unreasonable.) It occured to me that perhaps the biggest flaw with Pascal’s Wager is that almost anyone could use it. Consider:
Become a Muslim. If Christian universalism is true you’re ok anyway because all will be saved. If Christian predestinationism is true and you’re elect, you’re ok. If you’re reprobate then what can you do? If Cathloicism is true and works count then as a Muslim you’ll probably at least get into purgatory. If atheism is true, you’re no worse off than you are now. If karma is true then you’ll help yourself come back better in the next life. If Islam is true, and you faithfully practice it, you’ll go to Paradise.