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Betting on God

Since opening its book just two months ago, punters hoping to have their faith rewarded have placed £5,000 with Paddy Power.

It began taking bets on the question that has plagued thinkers for centuries in September, to coincide with the switching on of the Large Hadron Collider that physicists hope may lead to the discovery of an elusive sub-atomic object called the “God particle”.

Initially the odds that proof would be found of God’s existence were 20-1, and they lengthened to 33-1 when the multi-billion pound atom smasher was shut down temporarily because of a magnetic failure.

But interest in the wager has increased greatly following the recent launch of a campaign to have atheist adverts placed on London buses declaring that “there’s probably no God”.

As a result of a flurry of small bets Paddy Power, which also runs books on who will be the next Pope and the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, has cut the odds on proof being found of God’s existence to just 4-1.

More. The bit about the Pope being “the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales” I found charmingly provincial. The bit at the end of the article about Pascal was also appreciated.

Of course, if the Large Hadron Collider ends up destroying the Earth, as critics charge it might, then presumably all bets will be off.

(HT: Marginal Revolution)

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November 7, 2008 - Posted by | Science, Theology, Weirdness

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