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Friday, February 15, 2008

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Ray

Sounds like a fascinating book! I recently read the biography of Pascal by James A. Connor, an ex-Jesuit. He does an excellent job of explaining the heresy of Jansenism, to which Pascal (but his sister in a much deeper way) paid allegiance. It turns out that it was Pascal who coined the word "Jesuitical."

Ed Peters

Now THIS looks cool. (Okay, most IP books look cool, but you know, THIS one looks really cool.)

rd

wait, according to peter kreeft in the preface excerpt above, pascal was NOT a jansenist. should we believe kreeft or that connor guy?

Stephen Sparrow

If Pascal was a genuine Jansenist he could never have written his Pensees. He would have been too afraid. He doesn't appear to me to have feared anything.

Thomas

Pascal was not a Jansenist. He was certainly sympathetic to his sister and criticized the Church's handling of the Jansenists, but he was not a heretic himself.

Now where did I learn that? Oh, yeah, Prof. Kreeft's class when reading his book on the Pensees.

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