"Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true," declared Pascal in his Penseés. "The cure for this," he explained, "is first to show that religion is not contrary to reason, but worthy of reverence and respect. Next make it attractive, make good men wish it were true, and then show that it is." Motivated by the 17th-century view of the supremacy of human reason, Pascal (1623–1662) intended to write an ambitious apologia for Christianity, in which he argued the inability of reason to address metaphysical problems. While Pascal's untimely death prevented his completion of the work, these fragments published posthumously in 1670 as Penseés remain a vital part of religious and philosophical literature. Introduction by T. S. Eliot.
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THOUGHTS ON MIND AND ON STYLE
THE MISERY OF MAN WITHOUT GOD
OF THE NECESSITY OF THE WAGER
THE MEANS OF BELIEF
JUSTICE AND THE REASON OF EFFECTS
MORALITY AND DOCTRINE
THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
PROOFS OF JESUS CHRIST
APPENDIX POLEMICAL FRAGMENTS
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