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Les Provinciales: Ou, Lettres Crites Par Louis de Montalte [Pseud.] Un Provincial de Ses Amis Et Aux RR. Pp. Jsuites Sur Le Sujet de La

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Published January 12th 2010 by Nabu Press (first published 1830)
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Jim
We are typically loath to read any work from four or five hundred years ago that is heavily immersed in theological argument, firstly because there are few who could follow a close argument, and secondly, because there are few who would care.

The Jesuits, or Society of Jesus, was founded in 1540 as a result of the efforts of St Ignatius of Loyola. Its history has been checkered, with frequent accusations of "casuistry" (i.e., bending the laws of God to make things easier for the powerful). Many
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David Bennatan
As someone for whom the disputes in the book were irrelevant, I have to say that I found Pascal's methods of argument very impressive. It's just hard to believe that the Jesuits could have been as malevolent as portrayed by the author.

Even if one has no interest in religious doctrines this book is important as a historical record of what was going on in the Catholic church after the Reformation. The religious issues had religious and political importance. It was a life and death matter if a cer
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Maurice
A good read. Found the style of writing a challenge.
Jim
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pascal goes after the Jesuits, and it ain't pretty. In the end, he makes a strong case for humility and Christian unity. Thanx, Blaise!
Nemo
Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Lest you also be like him.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
Lest he be wise in his own eyes.
Proverbs 26:4,5

Blaise Pascal, a Catholic theologian, scientist and brilliant thinker, wrote these letters to defend his Jansenist friends against charges of heresy by the Jesuits.

I tend to think that Pascal is a kindred spirit of Kierkegaard. First, they both strongly object to the academics of their time who substitute abstraction and speculation for the con
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cole
Dec 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Counted as one of the greatest works in the French language, Pascal's letters are a brilliant mix of acumen, well constructed argument, and withering wit. He launched an assault on the moral theology of the Jesuits during the height of the Jansenist controversy and left a rather amusing and enlightening work what is beautiful in its turn of both phrase and thought.

The first half of the letters is Pascal's attempt to relate the opposing views in the controversy and to illuminate the Jesuit views
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Travis Armes
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Kata
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading it in Hungarian translation as "Vidéki levelek".
Jake McAtee
In which Pascal trolls Jesuits. FWIW, Voltaire once said this was "the best-written book that has yet appeared in France.”
Taka
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Surprisingly good. Contrary to what you might expect from its dull front cover (of a provincial town, supposedly), these polemical letters written by Pascal to satirize the Jesuits are quite amusing and easy to read. He writes really, really well and clearly (a mathematician at work?) with superb rhetoric and the fervor of someone who believes in what he's writing. I actually liked the letters better than his incomplete and fragmented Pensées, though that might also have to do with how pretty kn ...more
Francisco Paniagua
Dieciocho cartas y un fragmento que evidencian, con base en las obras jesuitas en boga en tiempos de Pascal, los excesos cometidos por la Compañía de Jesús y sus casuistas.

Si bien a ratos la argumentación teológica anquilosa el contenido mismo de las cartas, la lectura de un Pascal polemista que emplea la ironía más sutil y demoledora es un deleite. Algunos argüirán que sería deseable, para el gran público, una edición que purgue a las cartas justamente de la polémica teosófica; sin embargo, a m
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“I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter."

(Letter 16, 1657)”
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“Reverend Fathers, my letters do not customarily follow one another so closely, nor are they usually so extensive. The little time I have had has caused both. I have made this one longer only because I have not had the leisure of making it shorter.” 1 likes
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