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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great But Dark Book, By A Great But Flawed Thinker., 5 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Pensees (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
Pascal in this work manifests a profound and damaged soul. He is a real giant of the heart and mind. And as a pronounced atheist, i nevertheless regard this work as one of the most insightful and honest books i've ever read. Definitely not for the feint-hearted, this book is very dark in places and also quite fearless. Pascal is a kind of Nietzschean Christian, someone who reflects with his whole being and, unlike most thinkers, someone who actually takes thinking very seriously. A wonderful, if heartbreaking, book.
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2011 23:36:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jun 2011 23:38:00 BDT
No offense meant, but what is a "pronounced atheist"?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2011 04:04:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jul 2011 04:05:07 BDT
Mr. T. White says:
I'd guess that he means he's a diehard or steadfast atheist: an atheist to the very core of his being.

Posted on 14 Aug 2011 22:13:04 BDT
And what is "feint-hearted"?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2012 12:42:48 GMT
I imagine he intended 'faint hearted'

Posted on 9 Oct 2012 07:21:30 BDT
I don't think you have understood Pascal at all. He wasn't in the slightest 'Nietzschean' (avant son tremps!) but stands at the well-spring of Christian existentialism that would go on to include Kierkegaard and Bonhoeffer. The 'darkness' Pascal saw was the reality of man without God and man alienated by sin - yet still made in the image of God, the 'thinking reed'. Pascal knew the remedy lay in Jesus Christ. Nietzsche - who died in madness - repudiated all this.
Try reading this (unfinished, disordered) book again with this in mind.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2013 23:08:39 BDT
Keanycaus says:
thank you!

Posted on 26 Dec 2013 09:02:10 GMT
M456AN says:
I was led to this book by Nietzsche. But is this the full version of the book? He invented the first computer!
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