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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

More from Pascal

"There is sufficient clearness to enlighten the elect, and sufficient obscurity to humble them. There is sufficient obscurity to blind the reprobate, and sufficient clearness to condemn them and make them inexcusable."

Blaise Pascal, Pensees #578


  1. Interesting quote. It reminds of Matthew 11:25-27

  2. Barry,

    I especially like the part about "sufficient obscurity to humble them (the elect)." That's one of they key ideas behind this blog.

    Do you have any thoughts on the Pascal quote below? The line, "so many make themselves unworthy of His mercy" has prompted a lot of discussion. I'm inclined to think it's a mistranslation (Pascal wrote in French). Surely Pascal knew that mercy is by definition undeserved, and didn't intend to imply that we can make ourselves worthy of it. Thoughts???


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