Re: C. C. Lewis and Blaise Pascal

From: george murphy (
Date: Thu Jul 25 2002 - 20:43:42 EDT

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    John W Burgeson wrote:

    > Glenn, in reviewing my manuscript, suggested I might add a quotation from
    > C. S Lewis where he speaks of Blaise Pascal.
    > I've been doing some searching, both on the internet and in those Lewis
    > books I have with me, but have come up empty.
    > Does anyone know if (and where) Lewis might have spoken of Pascal?

         Lewis used a quotation from the Pensees as the epigraph for Chapter 1 of
    _The Problem of Pain_.

         "I wonder at the hardihood with which such persons undertake to talk
    about God. In a treatise addressed to infidels they begin with a chapter
    proving the existence of God from Nature. ... this only gives their readers
    grounds for thinking that the proofs of our religion are very weak.. ... It
    is a remarkable fact that no canonical writer has ever used Nature to prove

         The "thought" of Pascal from which this is taken is a very strong
    statement against natural theology - and rightly so.



    George L. Murphy
    "The Science-Theology Interface"

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