I’ve always appreciated Pascal’s Pensees; I also enjoy Peter Kreeft’s commentary on some of them. Below are some of my favorites – random portions of Pascal’s Pensees found in Kreeft’s commentary (followed by his comments).
Pascal: “There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.”
Kreeft: “The only choice, then, is between being sinners who know they are sinners and repent; or sinners who don’t. Saints are not the opposite of sinners; saints are sorry sinners, saved sinners” (p. 158).
Pascal: “If we submit everything to reason our religion will be left with nothing mysterious or supernatural. … If we offend the principles of reason our religion will be absurd and ridiculous. … Two excesses: to exclude reason, to admit nothing but reason.”
Kreeft: “This is neither fideistic religion, rationalistic religion, fideistic irreligion, nor rationalistic irreligion – the four miserable alternatives, all irrational, that we see sprawled around on every side while the truth stands erect and serene in the middle” (p. 236-7).
Pascal: “The Christian’s hope of possessing and infinite good is mingled with actual enjoyment…. Christians hope for holiness, and to be freed from unrighteousness, and some part of this is already theirs.”
Kreeft: “The Wager thus is not wholly a leap in the dark but is partially testable and confirmable experientially in this life” (p. 307).