Beyond beliefs: does religious faith lead to a happier, healthier life?

Beyond beliefs: does religious faith lead to a happier, healthier life?

In his Pensées, published posthumously in 1670, the French philosopher Blaise Pascal appeared to establish a foolproof argument for religious commitment, which he saw as a kind of bet. If the existence of God was even minutely possible, he claimed, then the potential gain was so huge – an “eternity of life and happiness” –…