What If You're Wrong?

Richard Dawkins giving a lecture based on his ...Image via Wikipedia

Toomanytribbles recently shared Richard Dawkins' response to the "What if you're wrong?" question, a frequent one atheists hear from Christians. This is precisely the sort of response we should keep in mind when asked this ridiculous question. In a nutshell, there is nothing in Pascal's Wager (to which this question refers whether the one using it realizes it or not) that points to the Christian god. It is every bit as likely that the Christian is wrong about thousands of other gods, each every bit as probable as the one preferred by Christians.

Of course, it is also worth pointing out that believing in something (or attempting to convince oneself that one believes in something) in service to imagined rewards does not speak particularly well for one's level of moral development.