Blaise Pascal: Reasons of the Heart
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Blaise Pascal: Reasons of the Heart (Library of Religious Biography)

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Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), mathematician, physicist, inventor, and religious thinker was a man at odds with his time. The optimism of the Enlightenment and the belief among philosophers and scientists that the universe was both discoverable and rational made them feel invincible. Reason alone, declared the intellectuals, could discover a God of natural religion that was to...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published July 10th 1997 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (first published July 1997)
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Today while putting books away I ran across this gem. Can't remember when I read it but I loved it. Not sure if it's because I love Pascal or if the book is really all that good. But it is full of his quotes and my copy of this book is full of colorful highlights--some are quotes from Pensées, but many are original--indicating I really got into this book. I can't find my book card. I have these little book cards I used to always put in all my books which indicated title, author, date I started a...more
Pascal's story is fascinating. It's not my favorite writing style for a biography. Perhaps, there's a better biography of Pascal out there. Hearing how Pascal encouraged the Jansenists to hold onto their teachings despite pressure from the vatican left me wondering if Pascal would have ended up a Protestant had he lived when the papal bull was issued condemning his beliefs. But, it's speculation at this point.
Not a bad introduction to Pascal's life, but be forewarned: this is not a beginner's book. The author dives deeply into the details of Pascal's and the Jansenists' theology, so if you're just looking for the basic facts you're not going to like this one. Still, there's a good introduction into his thinking and writing here.
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This was hard work! Not being a Catholic I found a lot of this book hard to follow and difficult to remember. I was looking for some insights into the faith of Pascal,but didn't really find any here.
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