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two truths of life

“The Christian religion, then, teaches men these two truths; that there is a God whom men can know, and that there is a corruption in their nature which renders them unworthy of Him. It is equally important to men to know both these points; and it is equally dangerous for man to know God without knowing his own wretchedness, and to know his own wretchedness without knowing the Redeemer who can free him from it. The knowledge of one of these points gives rise either to the pride of philosophers, who have known God, or to the despair of the atheists, who know their own wretchedness, but not the Redeemer…. We cannot know Jesus Christ without knowing at the same time both God and our own wretchedness. “

–  Pensees, Section VIII

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Published: Jun 19, 2017
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Blaise Pascal
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher who laid the foundation for the modern theory of probabilities. His inventions and discoveries have been instrumental to developments in the fields of geometry, physics, and computer science, and his philosophical works, including his famous Pensees, are still read today.
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