Portions from Pascal

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… Continue reading Portions from Pascal

The Painful Practice of Piety

    Here’s #924 of Pascal’s Pensees followed by fascinating comments from Peter Kreeft.  Pascal: “It is true that there is something painful in beginning to practice piety, but this pain does not arise from the beginnings of piety within us, but from the impiety that is still there….  We only suffer in so far… Continue reading The Painful Practice of Piety

Pascal on Justice, Evil, Truth

Here is number 699 of Pascal's Pensees. "When everything is moving at once, nothing appears to be moving, as on board ship.  When everyone is moving towards depravity, no one seems to be moving, but if someone stops he shows up the others who are rushing on, by acting as a fixed point." And here… Continue reading Pascal on Justice, Evil, Truth

Christianity for Modern Pagans

This is a great book for those of you who like apologetics, philosophy, epistemology, and theology: Christianity for Modern Pagans by Peter Kreeft.  In this book, Kreeft gives a short commentary on the Pensees of Blaise Pascal (d. 1662).  Kreeft arranges the Pensees in a topical order to make them easier to read and digest.  Here… Continue reading Christianity for Modern Pagans

Pascal’s Provincial Letters

Blaise Pascal (b. 1623) was what we would call a well-educated layperson, a French Catholic who identified with the Jansenists (rather than the Jesuits).  He wrote the Penesees, where you can find the now famous "Pascal's Wager."  I'm reading his Provincial Letters, in which he - with much irony, sarcasm, and humor - points out… Continue reading Pascal’s Provincial Letters