Pascal and Theology

Author:   Jan Miel
Publisher:   Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN:  

9781421434230


Pages:   238
Publication Date:   13 March 2020
Format:   Paperback
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Originally published in 1970. The question of man's freedom to exercise his will-as active an issue among twentieth-century philosophers and theologians as it was in the Jesuit and Jansenist camps known to Pascal-is basic to this study. Pascal's theological thinking, which Professor Miel demonstrates to be the source of unity and coherence in virtually all phases of his thought, is preoccupied by a concern for man's limitations. In his analysis of Pascal's theology, Miel is concerned not only with characterizing Pascal's theological position but also with evaluating it in terms of the history of the church. In a concise and lucid review of the Christian doctrine of grace from the pre-Augustinians through the Renaissance, the author identifies the intellectual-theological atmosphere that created the need for Pascal's strong defense of Augustinian theology. Miel considers Pascal's Ecrits sur la grace, Lettres provincials, and Pensees as well as shorter compositions and correspondence. He establishes the content of Pascal's vision of grace and free will, noting both its originality and its sense of history. Most importantly, he asserts that Pascal's affirmation of Jansenism predated his association with Port Royal and, indeed, was basic to all his adult thought and work. The author finds in the writings of Pascal a style that anticipates twentieth-century theology, a sophistication that belies charges of Pascal's theological naivete, and a concern to uphold rather than to undermine doctrinal traditions of the church.

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Author:   Jan Miel
Publisher:   Johns Hopkins University Press
Imprint:   Johns Hopkins University Press
Weight:   0.318kg
ISBN:  

9781421434230


ISBN 10:   1421434237
Pages:   238
Publication Date:   13 March 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Manufactured on demand   Availability explained
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Jan Miel was a professor in Romance languages at Wesleyan University. He published widely on literature and literary criticism.

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