Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Poised Between Two Worlds

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Last week we explored the Jansenist effort to reconstruct Christian community as the fellowship of the really-serious-no-compromise-do-it-right-all-the-time-damn-it. While part of me wishes I could actually be the ascetic that this demands, the other part of me is sitting here eating potato chips. I suspect Pascal had fewer bouts of self-indulgence, but something kept him from [Read More...]

Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The Augustinian Problem

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In pursuing Pascal, it is not long before we come face-to-face with a conundrum. It’s the sticky wicket that challenged Pascal, and while we won’t be able to resolve it, we can at least look at it. Last week we talked about the violent division in French society between Catholics and Protestants. Religious conflict wasn’t [Read More...]


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