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

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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Title: Blaise Pascal: Reasons of the Heart
By: Marvin O'Connell
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 210
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 6 X 9 (inches)
Weight: 13 ounces
ISBN: 0802801587
ISBN-13: 9780802801586
Series: Library of Religious Biography (LRB)
Stock No: WW01589

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As striking and dramatic as any conversion experience recorded in history are the words of Blaise Pascal found sewn into the lining of his jacket by a servant after his death: "From about half-past ten in the evening until about half-past twelve — FIRE. God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not of the philosophers and scholars. God of Jesus Christ.

Known as the memorial, these words describing Pascal's "night of fire" are all the more powerful coming from the mind of a genius of Mozartean scale. One of the greatest luminaries of France's grand siècle, Pascal (1623-1662) was a groundbreaking mathematician, physicist, and inventor as well as a profound religious thinker and Christian believer whose random thoughts — his Pensées — continue to move thoughtful readers today.

This biography by Marvin R. O'Connell captures Pascal's life and times with a chronological narrative based on the published sources and Pascal's own works. From Pascal's early life as a child prodigy already experimenting in physics at the age of ten to his adult years as one of Europe's leading intellectuals, O'Connell takes readers on an eloquent journey into Pascal's world, showing them 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.

Meticulously researched yet written in an enjoyable style accessible to all, this volume will aptly acquaint readers with the life and thought of Pascal — remarkable human being, luminous Christian thinker.

Author Bio

Professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Editorial Reviews

Catholic Historical Review
"Of the introductory biographical studies of the life and works of Blaise Pascal (1923-1662) that have appeared in English in recent years, Marvin O'Connell's Blaise Pascal: Reasons of the Heart is among the best. It is probably the most readable."

Catholic Library World
"Because of the clarity of its style, the winning character of its subject and the deft treatment of its author, the book is highly recommended for those interested in the man and in the religious and theological struggles which his life and writings so vividly embodied."

Library Journal
"O'Connell creates a context for understanding brilliant mathematician and mystic Blaise Pascal. The physical and intellectual environment of Pascal's 17th-century France come alive in this well-written work. Especially effective is O'Connell's analysis of the Jansenist controversy."

Louvain Studies
"An excellent introduction to the life and work of a well-known but little understood thinker."

The Christian Century
"O'Connell's recounting of Pascal's remarkable life draws the reader into the story. His presentation of the context for Pascal's life is masterful, immersing the reader in the flavor of 17th-century France."

Theological Studies
"A delightfully readable and critically informative introduction to the life and times of Pascal. . . The book would serve as an excellent text for an appropriate undergraduate or graduate course in either history or theology."

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