From a previous post, I mentioned the book edited, outlined and explained by Peter Kreeft called, “Christianity for the Modern Pagans,” reflecting on Pascal’s Pensées. According to Kreeft, Pascal was a seventeenth-century contemporary of Descartes who was “the father of modern philosophy.” Pascal was seen as the one who did not jump on the ship leading to “the Enlightenment” and one who was at odds with the scientific method. (p.9) Pascal, in his Pensées, writes in short little paragraphs that in some way are a collection of contemplative thoughts. The beauty of reading his Pensées, is that you can read from beginning to the end or jump around in the collection of his contemplative thoughts. He appears to be a theologian that responds to our modern day secularism and finds Christ at the center. In this way, I think he would be found quite appealing to most Lutherans. Especially when he makes statements such as in my earlier post.
Well, I must run, I am traveling around southern United States, visiting with perspective seminarians and deaconesses. Though a northern boy, I do enjoy visiting with the people of the south. In many ways, this is where culture is to be found but again, I still prefer the north despite our nasty weather at times. – H.F.