Author: Blaise Pascal,A. Krailsheimer

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0140446451

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 333

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Blaise Pascal, the precociously brilliant contemporary of Descartes, was a gifted mathematician and physicist, but it is his unfinished apologia for the Christian religion upon which his reputation now rests. The Penseés is a collection of philosohical fragments, notes and essays in which Pascal explores the contradictions of human nature in pscyhological, social, metaphysical and - above all - theological terms. Mankind emerges from Pascal's analysis as a wretched and desolate creature within an impersonal universe, but who can be transformed through faith in God's grace.

Pensées and Other Writings


Author: Blaise Pascal

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192836557

Category: Philosophy

Page: 267

View: 4697

For much of his life Pascal (1623-62) worked on a magnum opus which was never published in its intended form. Instead, he left a mass of fragments, some of them meant as notes for the Apologie. These were to become known as the Pensees, and they occupy a crucial place in Western philosophy and religious writing. Pascal's general intention was to confound scepticism about metaphysical questions. Some of the Pensees are fully developed literary reflections on the human condition,, somecontradict others, and some remain jottings whose meaning will never be clear. The most important are among the most powerful aphorisms about human experience and behaviour ever written in any language. This translation is the only one based on the Pensees as Pascal left them. It includes the principal dossiers classified by Pascal, as well as the essential portion of the important Writings on Grace. A detailed thematic index gives access to Pascal's areas of concern, while the selectionof texts and the introduction help to show why Pascal changed the plan of his projected work before abandoning the book he might have written.

Human Happiness


Author: Blaise Pascal

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: 9780141042510

Category: Philosophy

Page: 105

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Pascal Pensées


Author: Blaise Pascal

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 9780140441710

Category: Philosophy

Page: 359

View: 6420

Intended to prove that religion is not contrary to reason, "Pensé es" ranks among the liveliest and most eloquent defenses of Christianity. Pascal had intended to write an ambitious apologia for Christianity but his untimely death prevented the work's completion. The fragments remain a vital part of religious and philosophical literature. Introduction by T. S. Eliot.

Discourse on Method and Related Writings


Author: Rene Descartes

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101160500

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 5939

"It is not enough to have a good mind; it is more important to use it well" René Descartes was a central figure in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. In his Discourse on Method he outlined the contrast between mathematics and experimental sciences, and the extent to which each one can achieve certainty. Drawing on his own work in geometry, optics, astronomy and physiology, Descartes developed the hypothetical method that characterizes modern science, and this soon came to replace the traditional techniques derived from Aristotle. Many of Descartes’ most radical ideas—such as the disparity between our perceptions and the realities that cause them—have been highly influential in the development of modern philosophy. This edition sets the Discourse on Method in the wider context of Descartes’ work, with the Rules for Guiding One’s Intelligence in Searching for the Truth (1628), extracts from The World (1633) and selected letters from 1636-9. A companion volume, Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings, is also published in Penguin Classics.

The Provincial Letters


Author: Blaise Pascal

Publisher: Nuvision Publications

ISBN: 1595479929

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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These Letters, written in defense of his Jansenist friends, exposes and ridicules the doctrines of the Jesuits. Pascal does a wonderful job of being humorous while still making a valid point. Please Note: This book is easy to read in true text, not scanned images that can sometimes be difficult to decipher.

The Mind on Fire

Faith for the Skeptical and Indifferent


Author: Blaise Pascal,James M. Houston

Publisher: David C Cook

ISBN: 9780781441971

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 3911

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) earned recognition as a renowned mathematician, physicist--and a man after God's heart. As he came to the forefront of geometry and physics, he turned his considerable analytical abilities to study religion or, as he said, to "contemplate the greatness and the misery of man." Pascal's classic defense of Christianity--Pensées--persuaded many a skeptic in his time. Today, editor James Houston has organized Pascal's meditations into a logical progression of thought that contemporary readers can enjoy in Mind on Fire. Described as a "Masterpiece of theological scholarship," Mind on Fire also includes selections from Pascal's Letters to a Provincial, a description of his conversion in his own words.

Faith Reads: A Selective Guide to Christian Nonfiction

A Selective Guide to Christian Nonfiction


Author: David Rainey

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1591588472

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 388

View: 5841

At last—a resource for librarians who wish to build or develop their nonfiction collection and use it to better serve the needs of adult Christian readers. Covering the three major branches of Christianity (Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox), the author organizes more than 600 titles into subject categories ranging from biography, the arts, and education, to theology, devotion, and spiritual warfare. Award-winning classics are noted. Introductory narrative frames the literature, and helps librarians better understand Christian literature; and learn how to establish selection criteria for building a Christian nonfiction collection.

Christianity for Modern Pagans

Pascal's Pensées Edited, Outlined, and Explained


Author: Peter Kreeft

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 9780898704525

Category: Religion

Page: 341

View: 7752

Peter Kreeft believes that Baise Pascal is the first post-medieval apologist. No writer in history, claims Kreeft, is a more effective Christian apologist and evangelist to today's uprooted, confused, secularized pagans (inside and outside the Church) than Pascal. He was a brilliant man--a great scientist who did major work in physics and mathematics, as well as an inventor--whom Kreeft thinks was three centuries ahead of his time. His apologetics found in his Pensees are ideal for the modern, sophisticated skeptic.

The Cid ; Cinna ; The Theatrical Illusion


Author: Pierre Corneille

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140443127

Category: Drama

Page: 281

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The Cid, Corneille's masterpiece set in medieval Spain, was the first great work of French classical drama; Cinna, written three years later in 1641, is a tense political drama, while The Theatrical Illusion, an earlier work, is reminiscent of Shakespeare's exuberant comedies.

Living by the Sword


Author: Eric Demski

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1490736077

Category: Religion

Page: 560

View: 5614

The quintessential image of the hero for GOD, the Knight, half warrior and half saint, stands for everything good, strong, and honorable in the human spirit. This book contains twenty-five years of research on true knighthood: the refined and essential virtues, elements, techniques and strategies to wage successful war against Evil. Taken from the lives, stories, and advice of warriors, saints, monks, priests, and pious people, these strategies show specifically and very concretely how to be a knight and hero. The book explains How does a knight use purity to make himself stronger in physical, as well as mental and spiritual combat? How does a knight find a state of Grace? How does a knight develop his moral courage and his ability to sacrifice? Why meekness and humility is the root of true strength, How great courage is directly derived from fear of GOD, How sacrifice and asceticism can be used to defeat demons, How Faith can be developed and improved. The techniques of Sir Ramon Lull, Rodrigo De Bivar, Charles Martel, Sir Miguel Cervantes, and saints such as Ignatius, Louis, Francis, Augustine, Aquinas and many more Every question is answered. Only one thing remains. May GOD grant us HIS Grace."

Towards Another Future

On the Christian Faith and Its Shape Between Yesterday and Tomorrow


Author: Marcel Heyndrikx

Publisher: Peeters Publishers

ISBN: 9789042917743

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 358

View: 8435

From the beginning, the gospel has been understood and articulated in terms borrowed from the cultural context in which it finds itself. For the largest part of the church's history, the prevailing context has worked with a static vision of humanity and the world. Theology and philosophy perpetuated this static worldview. This was both legitimate and necessary as long as the culture was shaped by such a worldview. Since the advent of modernity, however, this is no longer the case. The advent of science and technology has seen the static view of things give way to an understanding of ourselves and our world as dynamic entities. This has made the traditional understanding of faith increasingly untenable. One might say that the gospel has become the prisoner of its previous embodiments. The church's determination to hold on to established forms, and with them the traditional understanding of humanity and the world, has led to its increasing alienation from the prevailing culture, especially in the West. For many in our society, the church's language has become increasingly incomprehensible and its message increasingly untenable. In this book, the author argues that the church's attachment to a static worldview is the fundamental cause of the current crisis, especially as this is manifest in western Europe. He provides a detailed discussion of the European context and analyzes the main features of the traditional, static understanding of faith and its roots in classical culture. He then examines the contemporary crisis of faith and offers a critical evaluation of attempts at 'restoration'. Finally, he proposes a vision of the way forward for the church as it struggles to come to terms with the modern worldview.


Youth Overcoming a Rebellious Heart


Author: Edward D. Andrews

Publisher: Christian Publishing House

ISBN: 1945757396

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 152

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The Waste Books


Author: Georg Christoph Lichtenberg,R. J. Hollingdale

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 9780940322509

Category: Philosophy

Page: 235

View: 1008

German scientist and man of letters Georg Christoph Lichtenberg was an 18th-century polymath: an experimental physicist, an astronomer, a mathematician, a practicing critic both of art and literature. He is most celebrated, however, for the casual notes and aphorisms that he collected in what he called his Waste Books. With unflagging intelligence and encyclopedic curiosity, Lichtenberg wittily deflates the pretensions of learning and society, examines a range of philosophical questions, and tracks his own thoughts down hidden pathways to disconcerting and sometimes hilarious conclusions. Lichtenberg's Waste Books have been greatly admired by writers as very different as Tolstoy, Einstein, and Andre Breton, while Nietzsche and Wittgenstein acknowledged them as a significant inspiration for their own radical work in philosophy. The record of a brilliant and subtle mind in action, The Waste Books are above all a powerful testament to the necessity, and pleasure, of unfettered thought.

The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert

A Selection


Author: Joseph Joubert

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 9781590171486

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 159

View: 8172

The elusive French luminary Joseph Joubert is a great explorer of the mind's open spaces. Edited and translated by Paul Auster, this selection from Joubert's notebooks introduces a master of the enigmatic who seeks "to call everything by its true name" while asking us to "remember everything is double." "Joubert speaks in whispers," Auster writes. "One must draw very close to hear what he is saying."

The Compleat Angler


Author: Izaak Walton

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486149714

Category: Nature

Page: 176

View: 6812

DIVFirst published in 1653, this literary and nature classic offers a primer on fishing as well as a celebration of the sport's spirit with verse, song and folklore, moral reflections, and timeless wisdom. /div

Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition


Author: Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780142437070

Category: History

Page: 117

View: 5802

This riveting true story is the first major narrative detailing the exploration of North America by Spanish conquistadors (1528-1536). The author, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, was a fortune-seeking Spanish nobleman and the treasurer of an expedition sent to claim for Spain a vast area of today's southern United States. In simple, straightforward prose, Cabeza de Vaca chronicles the nine-year odyssey endured by the men after a shipwreck forced them to make a westward journey on foot from present-day Florida through Louisiana and Texas into California. In thirty-eight brief chapters, Cabeza de Vaca describes the scores of natural and human obstacles they encountered as they made their way across an unknown land. Cabeza de Vaca's gripping account offers a trove of ethnographic information, including descriptions and interpretations of native cultures, making it a powerful precursor to modern anthropology.

Love Visions


Author: Geoffrey Chaucer

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141959894

Category: Poetry

Page: 272

View: 1722

Spanning Chaucer's working life, these four poems build on the medieval convention of 'love visions' - poems inspired by dreams, woven into rich allegories about the rituals and emotions of courtly love. In The Book of the Duchess, the most traditional of the four, the dreamer meets a widower who has loved and lost the perfect lady, and The House of Fame describes a dream journey in which the poet meets with classical divinities. Witty, lively and playful, The Parliament of Birds details an encounter with the birds of the world in the Garden of Nature as they seek to meet their mates, while The Legend of Good Women sees Chaucer being censured by the God of Love, and seeking to make amends, for writing poems that depict unfaithful women. Together, the four create a marvellously witty, lively and humane self-portrait of the poet.