Blaise Pascal was not a gambler, but he posited one of the most famous wagers of all time: Every man’s life is a bet against God. It is a wager that any man can win, however. Sacrifice earthly pleasures—drink, lust, sin, etc.—and a lifetime of happiness awaits, in this world or the next. Live every day as if God exists, and you can’t lose.
Pascal devised his wager in the seventeenth century, but the lessons written by this brilliant man ring true today. In this collection of fragments intended as a defense of Christianity, everything is up for debate. From the nature of love to the relationship between scientific inquiry and religious faith, Pascal shows that skepticism and devotion go hand in hand.
Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves – and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives – and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.
Preceded by a valuable introduction, forty-five letters are presented, beginning with a letter written when Pascal was a precocious twenty and ending with his will at thirty-eight.
These remarkable letters, covering a nineteen-year period of intense activity, reflect the variety of Pascal’s interests. For this reason, among others, they are of value, not only to those who are interested in Christianity, but also to those who are interested in physics, or mathematics, or philosophy.
Blaise Pascal bequeathed to the world many tangible legacies, including the calculating machine, the barometer, the hydraulic press, and the omnibus. In his letters he has bequeathed that quality of mind and spirit which surpasses the tangible and illumines life.
Twelve Powerful Prayers offers an audio recording of prayers from the Bible, great Saints, sacred texts, and prophets who used these prayers for hundreds of years to invoke and strengthen their faith and relationship with God.
Prayers include: The Thought of You, Breathing Deeply in Faith, Prayer of Creation, Jesus's Prayer, Make Us Worthy, David's Prayer, Deep Compassion, A prayer of St Thomas More, The Little and the Great Things, A prayer of William Penn, To Give and Not to Count the Cost, Day By Day, I Offer It to You.
Authors include: Soren Kierkegaard, St Francis of Assisi, Pope Paul VI, Eugene Bersier, Blaise Pascal, William Penn, St Ignatius Loyola, St Richard of Chichester, Charles de Foucauld.
Read in English, unabridged.
©2017 The Big Nest (P)2017 The Big Nest
Alain Viala nous expose ici le contexte littéraire du XVIIe siècle, temps du classicisme rayonnant. Sa voix s’associe à celle de Daniel Mesguich afin de présenter et illustrer la richesse de cet âge de l’éloquence.
Entre art de la conversation dans les salons, essor du théâtre, évolution de la poésie et développement du roman, ce troisième opus témoigne de la diversité culturelle d’une époque où madame de Sévigné côtoie Racine et La Fontaine.
Claude COLOMBINI FRÉMEAUX
PRODUCTION : CLAUDE COLOMBINI POUR PUF-FRÉMEAUX AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE LA SCPPDROITS : FREMEAUX & ASSOCIES 1 : LES BELLES-LETTRES - LA SUPRÉMATIE FRANÇAISE. LA MONARCHIE ABSOLUE. L’ÉTAT ET LA RELIGION. LE DÉVELOPPEMENT INTELLECTUEL ET SON INSTITUTIONNALISATION. L’ACADÉMIE FRANÇAISE. NOUVEAUX PUBLICS ET NOUVEAUX DÉBATS. 2 : L’ÉVOLUTION DES SAVOIRS ET LES DÉBATS D’IDÉES - LE DÉVELOPPEMENT DES SCIENCES. LE RATIONALISME MODERNE DE DESCARTES. LES LIBERTINS ET L’ÉGLISE. LE ROMAN BURLESQUE. ORIGINES ET CONSÉQUENCES DU JANSÉNISME. LE DÉBAT RELIGIEUX. L’ÉLOQUENCE DE PASCAL. LE DEVENIR DES NOUVEAUX COURANTS DE PENSÉE. 3 : LE TEMPS DE L’ÉLOQUENCE EN PROSE ET LA POÉSIE - L’EXPLOSION DU GENRE ÉPISTOLAIRE. DU DIALOGUE GALANT AU DIALOGUE POLÉMIQUE. LE MORALISME ET LA CRITIQUE DES MOEURS. LES FORMES TRADITIONNELLES DE L’ÉLOQUENCE. LA MÉTHODE DE BOSSUET. LA FONTAINE ET LA FABLE. LA FRANCE, PAYS DE L’ESPRIT. 4 : L’ÂGE D’OR DU THÉÂTRE - LA HIÉRARCHIE DES GENRES. L’ÉVOLUTION DE LA TRAGÉDIE. PIERRE CORNEILLE ET LA TRAGÉDIE. JEAN RACINE. LA COMÉDIE AU TEMPS DE MOLIÈRE. UN THÉÂTRE MARQUÉ PAR LA SUPRÉMATIE FRANÇAISE. 5 : ROMANS ET QUERELLES - L’ESSOR DU ROMAN. LES ROMANS PASTORAUX. LES ROMANS HÉROÏQUES. LES ROMANS GALANTS. SATIRES, PARODIES ET ANTIROMANS. LA NOUVELLE, UN GENRE FÉMININ. ROMAN GALANT ET DISCUSSIONS PHILOSOPHIQUES. LE CONTE DE FÉES.