Blaise Pascal and Theological Persuasion

Welcome to the Brickyard. This is a place to find quotes for use in your own research. The bricks are free but the building is up to you. The following quotes are from Blaise Pascal’s Scientific Treatises on Geometrical Demonstration. Let’s begin.

“I am not speaking here of divine truths, which I am far from bringing under the art of persuasion, for they are infinitely above nature. God alone can put them into the soul.”

Blaise Pascal, Scientific Treatises on Geometrical Demonstration, Sec 2, Par. 3.

“I know He has willed they [divine truths] should enter into the mind from the heart and not into the heart from the mind, that He might humble that proud power of reason, which claims the right to be judge over the things chosen by the will.”

Blaise Pascal, Scientific Treatises on Geometrical Demonstration, Sec 2, Par. 3.

“Whence it comes about that, whereas in speaking of human things we say they must be known before they can be loved…the saints on the contrary say in speaking of divine things that they must be loved in order to be known, and that we enter into truth only through charity.”

Blaise Pascal, Scientific Treatises on Geometrical Demonstration, Sec 2, Par. 3.

We can only speak of divine things when we love them and the One who gave them. Only when we love divine things (i.e., the words of God] can we come to know them. After God first loves us, we love God then we love Scripture. We don’t study the evidence first then come to respect our academic conclusions about the Scripture and then come to love God. Here at StandardSacredText.com we put Pascal’s words in a theological framework and say that the Spirit of God speaks through the words of God to the people of God and they receive those words by faith. We don’t start with the textual evidence. We start with the experience of the Bible’s authoritative teaching about itself and then believe what it says about itself by the word and Spirit through faith.

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