Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Thoughts (Pensees) – Blaise Pascal

“If there is a God, He is infinitely incomprehensible, since, having neither parts nor limits, He has no affinity to us. We are then incapable of knowing either what He is or if He is….”

The Pensees (“Thoughts”) is an unfinished collection of fragmentary theology mixed with philosophy by 17th Century Frenchman Blaise Pascal.  The original title intended for this work is Apologie de la religion Chrétienne (“Defense of the Christian Religion”).

This eloquent work is thought to be among the best writings in the French language that has so far been written.  It employs a contrast between the skepticism of Montaigne and the stoicism of Epictetus.  The intended consequence was meant to be the unbeliever’s realization of the need to embrace God to understand humanity and man’s place in the universe.

His religious conversion caused him to adopt an ascetic lifestyle.  This collection of thought is his life’s work as such it represents an excellent defense of Christianity.  Pascal’s Wager derives from this work.

You can read Pascal’s Pensee’s  here:

http://www.bartleby.com/48/1/8.html

Alternatively, you can listen to his Thoughts here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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