Secular Students at Iowa, a student group for agnostic and atheist Hawkeyes, is hosting a “Graveyard of the Gods” event to kick off Halloween weekend. The event will feature headstones for gods who are no longer widely recognized or worshiped. The display is a response to Pascal’s Wager, a theory asserting that there is at least a chance God exists, and so one should err on the side of caution and worship God rather than spend eternity in hell. Graveyard of the Gods aims to highlight a central flaw in Pascal’s Wager; namely, that even if one decides to worship God, the question remains: Which one?
SSAI will also be pass out Halloween candy and secular literature for those interested. The event’s Facebook page maintains that the graveyard is not an attack on a religion, but a way to explore the complexities of religious history.
You can check out the headstones on the Pentacrest Lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30.