Truth Is Obscured Nowadays (Pascal)

This is one of those books that I don't always agree with, but it does always make me think: Christianity for Modern Pagans by Peter Kreeft.  It's basically a modern commentary on some of Pascal's Pensees.  Here's one part that got me thinking about truth; it's worth sharing: Truth is so obscured nowadays and lies… Continue reading Truth Is Obscured Nowadays (Pascal)

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

Deism is not Christianity

This is a great section of Pascal's Pensees.  Here he explains that deism is not Christianity (a point that most Americans don't understand - specifically in the political realm).  I'll also quote Peter Kreeft's commentary on Pascal's statement. "And...they [unbelievers/skeptics] take occasion to blaspheme against the Christian religion, because they know so little about it.  They imagine… Continue reading Deism is not Christianity

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