Blaise Pascal: Reasons of the Heart   -     By: Marvin O'Connell
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Blaise Pascal: Reasons of the Heart

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1997 / Paperback

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During the great 17th-century French renaissance, one voice for God could not be stilled by the mocking intellectuals and ruling despots of the day: Blaise Pascal. The renowned scientist and poet rose above his frail health and violent times with a ringing call to repentance and salvation---a call that continues to be heard 'round the world today. Here is his remarkable story! 210 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 210
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 6 X 9 (inches)
ISBN: 0802801587
ISBN-13: 9780802801586
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Series: Library of Religious Biography

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Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), mathematician, physicist, inventor, and religious thinker was a man at odds with his time. The optimism of the Enlightenment and the belief among philosophers and scientists that the universe was both discoverable and rational made them feel invincible. Reason alone, declared the intellectuals, could discover a God of natural religion that was to replace the God of traditional Christianity. Pascal, on the other hand, was not so confident. In his Pensies, he wrote, "The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread." For Pascal, the universe was full of a mystery that went far beyond the powers of reason.Blaise Pascal: Reasons of the Heart, the latest addition to Eerdmans LIBRARY OF RELIGIOUS BIOGRAPHY series, captures Pascal's life and times with a chronicle narrative based on the published sources and Pascal's own works. Marvin O'Connell takes readers on an eloquent journey into Pascal's world, showing the passion that drove the man and the radical spirituality he sought in his own heart. In the process, O'Connell also illumines the social, political, and religious intrigue of seventeenth-century Paris, especially the winner-take-all struggle between the Jesuits and the Jansenists, with whom Pascal himself was allied.Written in an enjoyable style accessible to all, this meticulously researched biography will acquaint readers with the life and thought of Blaise Pascal, a remarkable human being and luminous Christian thinker.

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    Marvin O'Connell's biography on Blaise Pascal is to be commended for the background it paints of the period in which this enigmatic figure lived and wrote. Its strength, however, is also the book's weakness. O'Connell fills many of the two hundred pages with descriptions of towns and times, thus limiting material on the man himself. In the author's defense, not a great deal is to be known about the personal Pascal beyond his own extant writings. I was somewhat disappointed that more descriptive detail about the development of "Pensees" was not included. The story of Pascal's "Night of Fire," his complete surrender to the Lord, was well done. I would not recommend this book for the person who has a desire to know Blaise Pascal more intimately, but I would commend it to those who seek to know the times and locale in which this oft-misunderstood man lived.
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