One of the best-known arguments for religious belief comes from the 17th-century French philosopher Blaise Pascal. It goes like this – if you're unsure whether God exists or not, you're better off deciding that he/she/it does, because the potential eternal consequences of a life of unbelief far outweigh anything you'll lose from believing in a non-existent deity during your time on Earth.
While it's not a position I subscribe to, I can see why this argument, known as Pascal's Wager, has some appeal. But I think I've found a better option and considering the source – none other than His Holiness Pope Francis – it could be a winner.
Speaking at a mass in Rome yesterday, the new Pontiff addressed the question of whether atheists are "redeemed by Jesus":
"Even them, everyone," the pope answered, according to Vatican Radio. "We all have the duty to do good," he said.
"Just do good and we'll find a meeting point."
Forget Pascal's Wager – just do good and don't worry about what you believe. A piece of theology we can all agree on. I'm calling it Francis's Flutter.