Pascal’s wager and religious diversification across children

Justin Wolfers of the Wharton Business School spoke on Pascal’s Wager, saying that if one believes in religion then the greatest risk is choosing the wrong one.  And how to hedge against such a risk?  Mr. Wolfers advises the following: Have lots of children and bring each one up under a different faith.  That way, if people don’t get into heaven themselves, at least they will have maximized the chances that one of their children will.

Here is the link.  God may hold this sort of maximizing behavior against you, but surely not against your kids…


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