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June 24, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Praying Like Elijah
“What a long way it is between knowing God and loving him!” (f. 377) Ultimately,...
June 17, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Setting Our Hearts
I’ve been reading my way through the Old Testament again and have reached the sad,...
June 10, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Diminishing Your Passions or Increasing Your Hunger
In our last Neo-Pascalian conversation, I indicated that fragment 418 held yet another clue to...
April 24, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The Second Step Toward a Make-Believe Faith
I want to begin this part of the conversation acknowledging a comment to my last...
April 16, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The First Step of Make-Believe Faith
We are left with this all-important question: how do we get faith? How do we...
March 27, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: From Gambling Table to Altar
One of the concepts Pascal is best known for is his Wager, a longer fragment...
March 12, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The Third Order
In our last Pascalian conversation, I left you with fire. And if you’ve had an...
February 25, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Fire
When Pascal died, those who prepared his body for burial found sewn into the lining...
February 18, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: An Indiana Jones Kind of Faith?
Earlier we took a quick look at a scientific experiment conducted by Pascal in 1646,...
February 12, 2013
Pascal, Ash Wednesday, and the Hidden God
In the Anglican Ash Wednesday ritual, we pray for the grace of true repentance. Repentance...
February 05, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: Poised Between Two Worlds
Last week we explored the Jansenist effort to reconstruct Christian community as the fellowship of...
January 29, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The Augustinian Problem
In pursuing Pascal, it is not long before we come face-to-face with a conundrum. It’s...
January 21, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The Back Story
Okay, this week we’re diving into French history, which might not be your cup of...
January 15, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: A Personality Quirk?
As we pointed out last week, Pascal’s actual scientific and mathematical work has been far...
January 08, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: An Introduction, from Cones to Gambling
Pascal, this unusual 17th-century giant, seems to be poised to speak again from a distance...
January 05, 2013
Becoming a Neo-Pascalian
Yesterday I wound up the last obligations of my fall courses. This included grading a...
July 11, 2010
Doubt: “Just the Facts, Ma’am” – Second Thoughts
The show’s dramatic theme song prepped the audience for a thrill; the deep voice announced...
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