Pascal’s Pensées Audiobook Podcast Feed

While searching for something to listen to on my commute, I found this free audiobook podcast feed of ’s Pensées. It is available for free download via Librivox.org. Total running time is over 11 hours.  The Librivox page has links to all the texts and audio files, but the quickest way is to click on the links below:

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Update: Recommend just listening to Sections 3 & 4. If you have time, maybe Section 7. I didn’t find much usefulness in the rest. Below are some good quotes:

There is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t. — Blaise Pascal

There are only three types of people; those who have found God and serve him; those who have not found God and seek him, and those who live not seeking, or finding him. The first are rational and happy; the second unhappy and rational, and the third foolish and unhappy. — Blaise Pascal

Reason’s final step is to realize that there are an infinite number of things which lie beyond it. It is simply feeble if it does not get as far as realizing that. — Blaise Pascal

There are two kinds of people one can call reasonable; those who serve God with all their heart because they know Him, and those who seek Him with all their heart because they do not know Him. — Blaise Pascal, SECTION III: OF THE NECESSITY OF THE WAGER

For it is indubitable that this life is but an instant of time, that the state of death is eternal, whatever its nature may be, and thus that all our actions and thoughts must follow such different paths according to the state of this eternity, that the only possible way of acting with sense and judgement is to decide our course in the light of this point, which ought to be our ultimate objective. — Blaise Pascal, Pensées (427)

Men despise religion; they hate it and fear it is true. To remedy this, we must begin by showing that religion is not contrary to reason; that it is venerable, to inspire respect for it; then we must make it lovable, to make good men hope it is true; finally, we must prove it is true. Venerable, because it has perfect knowledge of man; lovable because it promises the true good. — Blaise Pascal, Pensées (187)

What can be seen on earth indicates neither the total absence, nor the manifest presence of divinity, but the presence of a hidden God. Everything bears this stamp. — Blaise Pascal, Pensées (449) / 142

We know truth not only through our reason but also through our heart. It is through the latter that we know first principles, and reason, which has nothing to do with it, tries in vain to refute them. — Blaise Pascal, Pensées (110) / 28

I should be much more afraid of being mistaken and then finding out that Christianity is true than of being mistaken in believing it to be true. — Blaise Pascal, Pensées (386 /241)

Truth is so obscured nowadays and lies [are] so well established that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it. — Blaise Pascal

Prophecies. If a single man had written a book foretelling the time and manner of Jesus’ coming and Jesus had come in conformity with these prophecies, this would carry infinite weight. But there is much more here. There is a succession of men over a period of 4,000 years, coming consistently and invariably one after the other, to foretell the same coming; there is an entire people proclaiming it, existing for 4,000 years to testify in a body to the certainty they feel about it, from which they cannot be deflected by whatever threats and persecutions they may suffer. This is of a quite different order of importance. — Blaise Pascal, Pensees, 332

We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart. — Blaise Pascal

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One Response to Pascal’s Pensées Audiobook Podcast Feed

  1. C. Wayne Mayhall says:

    Dear Doubter,

    Having inhabited the historical landscape of doubt as a follower of Christ, who lives by “faith” and not by sight, for half a millenium now, I must say I truly appreciate your efforts here (at this blog site) to follow truth where it leads you…and to share your exploration with us! Ironic you bring the philosopher Pascal into the mix, but without truly exploring what he has to say and who and what he represents in Christendom.

    For example, doubt seems to be your God. That makes me wonder if you truly understand what faith is? Not the kind of faith that children attach to blue unicorns, but the kind of robust faith that is truly “evidence of things unseen.”

    I also question whether or not you have a personal relationship with this Christ who has come to the world to enlighten every man and woman! Because it appears you do not, based on your various posts, then I assume you are like that type of person Pascal describes as one of “those who have not found God and seek him,” or one of “those who live not seeking, or finding him.”

    You welcome to readers to ChristianDoubt.com! by introducing yourself ast “The creator of [a] website started…as a tool to help [you] through [your] doubt of the Christian faith,” writing that “The aim of this site is to honestly examine the Christian faith.” I supect, however, that you end up being quite dishonest in the end, simply because your examination remains purely empirical and the Christian faith itself eschews the scientific method as the primary means of establishing an epistemological foundation for understanding.

    Christ is not a piece of evidence my friend, but a person of experience! One must accept him as he is to know him, alas, even to know oneself as one can really be! One must accept looking through a glass darkly now in order to see him face to face soon enough, if one is to truly experience gutsy Truth in the form of a God who took on the form of man in order to redeem fallen man from his sin and deceipt.

    In the end, this Web site will pass away and your doubt will cease to carry its energy. All that will remain is the bowing of the knee and the confession, whether joyfully or reluctantly, that he, Jesus Christ, is Lord!

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