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Pascal's Wager

Paperback|Sep 2007
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The great French scientist Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) underwent a profound conversion at age 20, and thereafter struggled to explain his faith to others. Pascal dared to use the laws of probability to argue for the existence of God, devising his...


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The great French scientist Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) underwent a profound conversion at age 20, and thereafter struggled to explain his faith to others. Pascal dared to use the laws of probability to argue for the existence of God, devising his famous "wager".

A child prodigy, Pascal made essential additions to Descartes' work at the age of 16. By the age of 19, he had invented the world's first mechanical calculator. But despite his immense contributions to modern science, it is Pascal's wager with God that set him apart as a man fully engaged with both religious and scientific pursuits. One night in 1654, Pascal had a visit from God, an experience that would change his life. Struggling to explain God's existence to others, he dared apply his mathematical work to religious faith. He argued for the existence of God basing his position on outcomes - his famous wager. By applying to the existence of God the same rules that governed the existence and position of the universe, Pascal sounded the death knell for medieval 'certainties', paving the way for modern thinking.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 262978
  • Product Code 9780745952970
  • ISBN 0745952976
  • EAN 9780745952970
  • Pages 224
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Lion Hudson Publishing
  • Publication Date Sep 2007
  • Sales Rank 55701
  • Dimensions 216 x 138 x 14mm
  • Weight 0.142kg

James A Connor

He lives in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania with his wife, two border collies, and two stray cats. He is currently teaching English at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. For eighteen years, he was a Catholic priest and a member of the Jesuit Order, where he served as a teacher, worked in parishes, and ministered to Native peoples---notably the Shuswap, Nez Perce, Moses Lake, and Navajo. A winner of the Iowa Journal of Literary Studies Essay Award, he has published in Traditional Home Magazine, The Iowa Review, and has a collection of short stories entitled GOD'S BREATH AND OTHER STORIES.

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