It is certainly not a definitive argument for Christianity, but it is a useful one that can be integrated into a line of reasoning that supports the validity of the Christian faith. When we use the same word as another person, how do we really know what the other person means. The Pensees or 'Thoughts' is a collection of writings by Blaise Pascal, one of the great philosophers and mathematicians of the seventeenth century.
All mathematicians would then be intuitive if they had clear sight, for they do not reason incorrectly from principles known to them; and intuitive minds would be mathematical if they could turn their eyes to the principles of mathematics to which they are unused.
This is a powerful and important section of the book; please read it carefully. Pascal also discusses some social, political and moral matters. Pascal thinks that making the wager is unavoidable and that while belief cannot come to a man by will alone, if he is convinced by the wager, he can begin to engage in Christian practice until his belief begins to bend around his practices.
And who has told us that the hen may not form the germ as well as the cock. He is focused on the natural depravity of human beings. And what's more, the motive is a spiritual striving. Third, many are under the impression that human beings are merely evolved beasts.
The sciences have two extremes which meet. Note that Pascal says that he will show God only to those who are seeking and prepared. To begin by pitying unbelievers; they are wretched enough by their condition.
Pascal is keen to see how diversion and distraction intertwine and disrupt a path to knowledge see fragments, and in other places. But you may learn from it.
Too much and too little wine. If they were really bent on knowing the truth, they would be persuaded to examine "in detail" whether Christianity is like any other religion, but they just cannot be bothered.
The weakness of reason in the face of the power of imagination. As another example, a person whose parents were 30 when they married will see people marrying at 20 as ridiculously young. See also 'spages Excess, like defect of intellect, is accused of madness.
What we do have in this volume, however, is a collection of powerfully insightful thoughts the translation of the French word pensees which lead us more deeply into contemplation of human nature and the strivings of the heart and mind.
Who has most reason to fear hell: If what Pascal says here is true, love is always contingent. This means that judgments not based on some rules are either foolish or subjective.
Some vices only lay hold of us by means of others, and these, like branches, fall on removal of the trunk. Notes and Questions for Pascal () Pensees () Robert Harris January 18, What we do have in this volume, however, is a collection of powerfully insightful thoughts (the translation of the French word pensees) which lead us more deeply into contemplation of human nature and the strivings of the heart and mind.
The original wager was set out in section of Pascal's posthumously published Pensées ("Thoughts"). Analysis with decision theory Pascal's Wager and the Human Paradox. The Journal of the History of Philosophy Monograph Series. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, THE IMPLICATIONS OF BLAISE PASCAL’S WAGER AND HIS RELEVANCE FOR TODAY’S FAITH Introduction On the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, the Holy Father Emeritus, Benedict XVI, proclaimed for the whole Catholic Church the Year.
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and when he turned his thoughts wholly towards religion, his worldly knowledge was a part of his composition which is essential to the value of his work.
without some. Pascal's mother died when he was only seven, and, having moved to Paris, his father began a system of education in which he would only allow Blaise to progress once he had completely mastered a subject. Blaise Pascal, c Thoughts (Pensées) "Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed." If there is a God, He is infinitely incomprehensible.
We are then incapable of knowing either what He is or if He is. This being so, who will dare to undertake to decide the question? How, therefore, shall Christians be.An analysis of the paradox in pascals penses or thoughts