Lenten Lectures by Chris James on Blaise Pascal
“Pascal addresses himself to those who are willing to seek, who believe neither that they have already found adequate answers to the fundamental questions of life, however formulated, nor that seeking such answers is a waste of time. Many of those who read Pascal are unable, or unwilling, to accept the demands of such commitment to the Christian faith as he describes, but even to those who remain agnostic he offers something of solid worth which should not be seen as second best, and may perhaps be defined as integrity, or wholeness. Intellectual truth is all very well, but it does not feed the spirit or the emotions. ‘The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.’”
—Alban Krailsheimer, Pascal (New York: Hill & Wang, 1980)
During Lent 2015, we are fortunate to have Chris James giving a series of five lectures at our Wednesday Agape gatherings on the writings and life of Blaise Pascal. The audio for each of the lectures will be posted on this page.
February 25 – Introduction to the Life and Work of Pascal
March 4 – Lecture 2
March 11 – Lecture 3
March 18 – Lecture 4
FOR FURTHER READING
Pascal’s Pensées is the principal work discussed during these lectures. Chris James recommends the translation of the Pensées by Roger Ariew.