By Malcolm Muggeridge
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Thus Pascal anatomized our human condition in his great work, the Pensées. It is the nature of self-esteem and of the human self to love only oneself and A Third Testament blaise pascal to consider oneself alone. But what can a man do? He wants to be great and finds that he is small; he wants to be happy and finds that he is unhappy; he wants to be perfect and finds that he is riddled with imperfections; he wants to be the object of men’s affection and esteem and sees that his faults deserve only their dislike and contempt.
There, in stead of victory, is truth; instead of high rank, holiness; instead of peace, felicity; instead of life, eternity… Take Aristotle, put him near to the Rock of Christ, and he fades away into nothingness. Who is Aristotle? When he hears the words, “Christ said,” then he shakes in hell. ” Put them near the Rock and compare these arrogant people with Him who was crucified! In our fallen state, our imperfection, we can conceive perfection. Through the Incarnation, the presence of God among us in the linea ments of Man, we have a window in the walls of time which looks out A Third Testament st.
An astonishing yield for one abbreviated life, any item of which would have been enough to insure that Pascal would continue to be remembered. It is not, however, for any or all of these achievements that his fame has grown through the centuries since his death, but for something that I, like many others before me consider immeasurably greater – his sublime defense of faith as the one sure guide to reality, and of the Christian religion as showing Western man the way out of the cul-de sac into which science must inevitably lead him.
A Third Testament: A Modern Pilgrim Explores the Spiritual Wanderings of Augustine, Blake, Pascal, Tolstoy, Bonhoeffer, Kierkegaard, and Dostoevsky by Malcolm Muggeridge