here, Coyne dismantles the rare "intellectual theists" also known as theologians. his musings are long but worth the effort, i promise. enjoy.
That second paragraph is so presuppositional, it could have come from the mouth of Sye Ten Bruggencate, and I wouldn't have been surprised. These people insist on the existence of god because They WANT That God To Exist. Indeed, they need him to exist, because they've hung their entire lives on that proposition. They have made themselves dependent on their god, which is most curious...
... because they are relying on something that doesn't exist.
Even Pascal's Wager is flawed. For Blaise Pascal's idea to work there would automatically have to be:
1. A god that does exist even if you do not know of him or cannot ever know him
2. A god that if he does exist will also agree to your wager
This entire idea of a wager was something made up from a christian mindframe not so far from modern apologetics. It's like saying "it is better to believe than not to believe because if god exists you go to heaven and do not go to hell." The christian uses this against us all the time. They are "covered" because they believe. Really? It sounds to me like most of them are lukewarm.
They need to read Revelation 3:16 where it says in effect "if you are lukewarm I will spew you out of my mouth." It would appear to me that believing "just to be on the safe side" is ruled out here. Pascal's wager wants you to believe just to be on the safe side.