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The Mind on Fire: A Faith for the Skeptical and Indifferent [Paperback]

By Blaise Pascal (Author), James M. Houston (Editor) & Os Guinness (Introduction by)
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Blaise Pascal, the remarkable seventeenth-century mathematician, physicist, and religious thinker, rigorously refutes the belief that to become a Christian you must first commit intellectual suicide. He wrote to communicate the Christian faith to the skeptical, to the indifferent, to the hostile. Many regard him as the greatest of French prose writers. After his conversion at the age of thirty-one, Pascal records how his mind blazed with the burning conviction of being overwhelmed with light. For many years he had examined God merely as a series of concepts. Now he stood before God's presence and the reality of God Himself, the same God who had appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It was this that now gave him "joy, joy, joy, tears of joy." The Mind on Fire contains Pascals' Pensees, a systematic and uncompromising defense of Christian belief, along with selections from his Letters to a Provincial, his own description of his conversion, and a prayer for the proper use of pain in his life. Dr. James M. Houston, editor of the Classics of Faith and Devotion series, is a highly acclaimed scholar and pioneer in the field of evangelical spirituality. He came to North America from England in 1968 to lead Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, a worldwide center of spiritual formation.

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Studio: Regent College Publishing
Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.84"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 20, 2003
Publisher   Regent College Publishing
ISBN  1573832456  
ISBN13  9781573832458  

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Blaise Pascal was born in 1623 and died in 1662.

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  1. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
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And I don't even agree with everything  May 31, 2002
I give it 5 stars and I don't necessarily agree with all of his theology. His points are made from such a unique stand point. His ways of reasoning are very unique to me, yet he doesn't lead you to rely on his type of reasoning, but on the power of the Holy Spirit.
He makes many good points for any atheist to consider. His work on the subject of the Jews is interesting. I disagree with his stance on proofs of nature and some of His views God's restorative plans for Isreal, but who had views for God to restore Isreal 300 years ago?
If you like reading books, this one is diffrent and well thought out!
PAR EXCELLENCE!  Apr 13, 2002
This is the finest introduction to Blaise Pascal that I have ever seen! Within the pages of this book lie some of the greatest thoughts the human mind could ever aspire to perceive. 'Mind on Fire' is an easy to read, well-arranged anthology of Pascal's thought. In this book you will begin to see the role of logic and reason in the life of faith. If you are looking for an in-depth book, a book that penetrates the deep well of skeptical thought, 'Mind on Fire' will not waste your time or your money. Simply put, Pascal is a genius with a knack for apologetical thought.
Pensees +  Aug 22, 2001
In case you're wondering, this IS the Pensees. The only difference is that these thoughts are arranged topically under a new title plus five letters from Pascal are included in the rear of the book. This is not an abridged edition of the Pensees. That being said, this book will stimulate your thinking about human nature, divine sovereignty, faith, logic and apologetics in a way that few other works will. Being deeply influenced by Augustine, Pascal had an uncanny way for accurately portraying the human condition. His grasp of the sinful nature of mankind and the limits of reason was acute. Many believe that Pascal was a fideist (faith is not supported by reason) due to a cursory reading of the Pensees yet a more exhaustive reading will prove otherwise. Many of the Pensees, while not rationally proving Christianity, certainly state that he believed in a reasonable faith and not a leap of faith beyond logic. I would recommend this edition as opposed to the Pensees because of its logical arrangement in addition to the thought-provoking letters that are placed in the back. Definitely a great read.
A passionate example for all  Apr 14, 2000
It is difficult to conceptualize exactly how much Pascal's faith meant to him. Reading his thoughts is like peaking into the journal of a reflective, passionate man, with no other ambition in life but to glorify God. Pascal's passion went beyond the intellectual borders of academia and into the personal realtionship he had with Jesus Christ. Pascal didn't want the God of the philosophers; he preferred the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. If you desire to glorify God with your mind, soul, and body, or if you are curious as to how such a person thinks, then I highly recommend this book as it will be an encouragment and a challenge to your intellect as well as your soul. I pray God gives me the grace to think as this man did.

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