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Many of the fragments are interesting ("The Wager," of course; there's also a passage on the relativity of motion that seems proto-Einsteinian; the "kneel and believe" passage is far less substantial than Althusser might lead you to believe: better off rereading Althusser); but the larger part of the Pensées is taken up with tedious wrangling over obsolete theological niceties, such as typological arguments for Christ's divinity (i.e., New Testament fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy) and seemingly endless brooding over the role of the Jews in Christian soteriology. ( )
  middlemarchhare | Nov 25, 2015 |
Huge in its enduring wisdom, Pascal’s Pensees, unwraps the three orders of knowing reality! Appealing to modernity and post modernity, his stylish writing is aimed at the "thinker." In a series of aphorisms and thought for a lifetime of contemplation, Pensees (`Thoughts’) expounds the human situation, Christ, God, revelation, infinity and finitude. Sensitive to the restlessness of the modern soul, Pascal touches the core of one’s being, cutting to the center of philosophic arguments exposing their weaknesses and the Truth of the Gospels, at the same time. Human genius at its highest!
  Stormrev1 | Sep 4, 2014 |
Pascal’s masterpiece, the landmark of his life’s work, Pensees is a collection of beautiful and penetrating thoughts meant to be the basis for Apology for the Christian Religion, which he never completed! Starkly highlighting the wretchedness of man without God, Pascal focuses on Christ as Redeemer. Brilliant mathematician and inventor, Christ was Pascal’s greatest passion. Touching upon several philosophical paradoxes of infinity and nothing, faith and reason, soul and matter, death and life, Pascal brings you to bended knee in humility at God’s awesome grace to man. Powerful!
  Stormrev1 | Aug 13, 2014 |
The Thoughts of Blaise Pascal is a masterpiece, the landmark of Pascal’s life’s work. This collection of beautiful and penetrating thoughts intended to be the basis for the Apology for the Christian Religion, remains incomplete! Starkly highlighting the wretchedness of man without God, Pascal focuses on Christ as Redeemer. Brilliant mathematician and inventor, Christ was Pascal’s greatest passion. Explaining several philosophical paradoxes of infinity and nothing, faith and reason, soul and matter, death and life, Pascal brings you to bended knee in humility at God’s awesome grace to man. Powerful!
"The most eloquent book in French prose!" — Will Durant
"A Spiritual Classic from a Great Scientific Mind!" — Craig K. Galer
"Highly provocative arousing thought and contemplation at the deepest levels!" — J.F. Foster
  Stormrev1 | Jul 18, 2014 |
An interesting take on a defense of Christianity by a renowned mathematician. Caution: This is not really a book, but a compilation of material that Pascal had intended to put into a book. He died before completing any part, so it appears disjointed, but his thoughts are lucid. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
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Blaise Pascalprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brunschvicg, LéonEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brunsvigg, LéonComposersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Champaigne, Philippe deCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coulon, PierreCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Descotes, DominiqueEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eliot, T. S.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krailsheimer, A. J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lenders, J.A.C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Intended as a systematic and coherent defense of the Christian faith, Pascal's Thoughts ( Pense s") were assembled after his death from the scattered and unfinished writings he had been working on. Among other things, the author advances a proposition now known as Pascal's Wager: the idea that a rational person should behave as though God exists.… (more)

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