Antitheism and Krauss’ Wager

by Luke Nix

lawrence-kraussRecently in a discussion with Justin Brierly (Unbelievable?) and Rodney Holder, Lawrence Krauss made an interesting statement (podcast: 58:01):

"You talk about this god of love and everything else. But somehow if you don’t believe in him, you don’t get any of the benefits, so you have to believe. And then if you do anything wrong, you’re going to be judged for it. I don’t want to be judged by god; that’s the bottom line."

Earlier in the program Krauss also described himself as an antitheist and made a distinction from being called an atheist. Taken in the context of the quote above this distinction and title makes a lot of sense. As apologists, it is not enough to address a worldview as a whole, we must look into the specific views of an individual to appeal to them on both an intellectual level and an emotional level. I have a few thoughts that I would like to draw out of this.

Belief, Judgment, and Krauss’ Wager
Krauss begins his statement by pointing out that the Christian God is a God of love. He concludes that believing in God will allow us to experience God’s love and not believing in God will not allow us experience God’s love. From this, Krauss concludes, also, that judgment may be experienced or escaped due to belief in God. Krauss states clear his desires- to not be judged by God. He further concludes that if he doesn’t believe in God, then he can escape judgment. Without belief in God judgment is escaped, but so is God’s love. The only option is annihilation from that point of view.

This gets into what I would like to call "Krauss’ Wager". Obviously, that title is a play off "Pascal’s Wager"- but what I propose mirrors only the popular understanding of Pascal’s Wager…

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