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The Wager

“The Wager” (2010), cut paper – 16" x 20", from the Series “The Origin and Future of the Blood”.

Blaise Pascal:
418. The Wager.
I: Unity added to infinity does not increase it at all.
II: There is not so great a disproportion between our justice and God’s as between unity and infinity.
III: We know the existence of the infinite without knowing its nature, because it too has extension, but unlike us no limits.
IV: If there be a god, he is infinitely beyond our comprehension, since, being indivisible and without limits, he bears no relation to us. We are therefore incapable of knowing what he is or whether he is.
V: …let us say: “Either God is or he is not.” But to which view shall we be inclined? Reason cannot decide this question. Infinite chaos separates us. At the far end of this infinite distance a coin is being spun which will come down heads or tails. How will you wager? Reason cannot make you choose either, reason cannot prove either wrong.
VI: Yes, but you must wager.”