Pascal: The First Modern Christian

Oakes, Edward T.
August 1999
First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion & Public Life;Aug/Sep99, Issue 95, p41
Profiles French scientist and philosopher Blaise Pascal. Pascal as the first modern christian; Personal background; Attack on the enemies of Jansenist theology; Polemical tracts in his book `Provincial Letters,'; Ideal rational method he propounded in his essay, `The Spirit of Germany and the Art of Persuasion'; Pascalian stress on morality; Pascal as anti-Cartesian in his concern for the Christian religion.


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