Pascal’s Wager. Epistemic Reasons. Epistemic reasons to believe are related to truth. If I believe there is a God because I think the evidence supports this belief, then my belief is epistemically justified. I believe because I think its likely to be true.
Sometimes we explain why somebody holds a belief by appealing to its causes.
“I believe that God exists because I am afraid of death”
“I believe we should vote Democratic because I was raised as a Democrat”
A causal reason does not need to be an epistemic reason. It is independent of epistemic justification
2. If God exists and I believe I gain a great deal (heaven)
3. If God exists and I don’t believe, I lose little.
4. If God does not exist and I believe, I lose little if anything
5 If God does not exist and I don’t believe I gain little