Video: Muhammad Ali on Purpose of Life

He is suggesting what other’s have called: Pascal’s Wager, which is an argument in apologetic philosophy devised by the seventeenth-century French philosopher, mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal (1623–62).[1] It posits that humans all bet with their lives either that God exists or that he does not. Based on the assumption that the stakes are infinite if God exists and that there is at least a small probability that God in fact exists, Pascal argues that a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. If God does not actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (some pleasures, luxury, etc.), whereas they stand to receive infinite gains (as represented by eternity in Heaven) and avoid infinite losses (eternity in Hell).[2]

Pascal’s Wager was based on the idea of the Christian God, though similar arguments have occurred in other religious traditions. The original wager was set out in section 233 of Pascal’s posthumously published Pensées (“Thoughts”). These previously unpublished notes were assembled to form an incomplete treatise on Christian apologetics.

Historically, Pascal’s Wager was groundbreaking because it charted new territory in probability theory,[3] marked the first formal use of decision theory, and anticipated future philosophies such as existentialism, pragmatism and voluntarism.[4]

 

2 replies

  1. Very beautiful, but sad that he believed that Hell is forever. Whereas Allah clearly says, that Hell is a stage in which bad souls have to go through in order to reach someday to Paradise. Thats a big thing and shows the Rahmaniyyat of Allah

  2. no doubt muhammad ali was a great man,he suffered a lot for his faith too,he wil be remembered forever.may Allah raised his status in the heavens above.

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