If you're the gambling type, would you bet that God exists, or that God doesn't exist? Seventeenth Century French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal pondered this very notion and arrived at the conclusion that it would be sensible to bet on God.
If he's right, then atheism would appear to be risky, agnosticism irrational and theism to be the best bet, so to speak.
Jim Franklin, Professor at the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New South Wales, will take us through Pascal's Wager, and what it means to us today - particularly as the pantheon of religions available to us today makes the wager considerably more complex.
Then it's up to us to bounce around our own perspectives on Pascal's Wager in the following discussion!
The next Socrates Café Newtown, held on 23 May from 6.30pm at Berkelouw Books at 6-8 O’Connell Street Newtown, Sydney.
The meeting will kick off with a 30 minute talk by Jim. Following a few minutes for questions, we'll move into the open discussion. At that point, we'll break off into groups, and discuss the topic at our leisure.
During this time, Jim will join each discussion group for a brief period, giving everyone a chance to bounce ideas around with him. After about 45 minutes, we'll reconvene and share the issues discussed in each group.
Socrates Café has a $5 door charge, which includes a tea or coffee from the café.
Note: there's no RSVP limit on this event. Seats in the café are limited (around 65 all up) so arrive early to secure your spot! If you arrive late, it may be standing room only!
Hope to see you there!