Making Sense Of It All
"There is no writer in history who is a more effective Christian apologist and evangelist to today's uprooted, confused, secularized pagans, both inside and outside the church, than Pascal. I am thrilled that Thomas Morris has had the insight and instincts to seize on this amazingly contemporary seventeenth-century guide and do a bit of matchmaking between him and us.... Morris has a right to be, as he says, 'excited about the ideas in this book.'"
"A remarkably readable book by one of the best contemporary Christian
C. STEPHEN EVANS
"Pascal's Pensees -- Thoughts -- are notes that Pascal might have organized into a book if he had not died soearly.Morris here gives us a book organized out of some of those thoughts.... This is a Pascalian book filled with a passion for life and for finding the sense of life as it actually comes to us. In Pascal, and now in Morris, we can hear a philosophical voice that calls up our own deep longing and that invites us to an everlasting love."
GEORGE I. MAVRODES
"Morris lives up to his reputation as a captivating teacher. He develops a Pascalian apologetic drawing on sources as diverse as Woody Allen, Tolstoy, and Athanasius, writing in a lucid and informed style alive with humor. This book deserves the kind of popularity C. S. Lewis's apologetic writings have earned."
ARTHUR F. HOLMES
From the journal, First Things:
Making Sense of It All: Pascal and the Meaning of Life. By Thomas V. Morris. Eerdmans. 214 pp. $12.95 paper.
Pascal, while universally admitted to be a genius, is generally relegated to the pantheon of "minor" philosophers, since most of his life was spent either in mathematical discoveries or in his famous tangle with the lax moral theologians of the Jesuit order. He died before he could assemble thedisjecta membra of his famous Pensées into an organized, consistently argued book, and so he is more often known for his aphoristic brilliance than for any coherent philosophy. But coherent it is, and we owe Thomas Morris, Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame, many thanks for this stimulating, witty, and utterly absorbing book on perhaps the greatest apologist for Christianity in modern times. Morris notes the contrast between Pascal and much of philosophy today: "Intellectual activities themselves can be powerfully diverting. Many philosophers and theologians are masters at keeping their distance from spiritual realities." Or, as Pascal says, "Pious schol ars are rare." Why? Because "we run heedlessly into the abyss after putting something in front of us to stop us from seeing it."
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