Making Sense of It All: Pascal and the Meaning of Life

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Overview

An instructive and entertaining book that addresses basic life questions. Relating numerous personal anecdotes, incorporating, intriguing material from the films of Woody Allen and the journals of Leo Tolstoy, and using the writings of the seventeenth-century genius Blaise Pascal as a central guide, Morris explores the nature of faith, reason, and the meaning of life. His lucid reflections provide fresh, fertile insights and perspectives for any thoughtful person journeying through life.
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A thought-provoking, timely word. Not only might it prove very helpful to students of apologetics but it may well introduce a new group of readers to the insights of Pascal. Morris is to be commended for bringing us this fresh look at one of the great thinkers of the past, a thinker whose thoughts are extraordinarily contemporary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802806529
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 686,848
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Chairman of the Morris Institute for Human Values in Wilmington, North Carolina. He taught philosophy at the University of Notre Dame for fifteen years and was the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence. He is also the author of Philosophy for Dummies.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Our Need for a Guide 1
2 The Folly of Indifference 15
3 The Danger of Diversion 31
4 The Meaning of Life 47
5 Skepticism, Proof, and the Good Life 63
6 The Hidden God 85
7 Wagering a Life 109
8 The Human Enigma 129
9 Marks of the Truth 145
10 Faith and the Heart 183
11 Love, Life, and God 195
Index 213
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001

    Extremely thought-provoking

    This book was written as a kind of continuation of the work of Blaise Pascal. Morris presents passages from Pascal's original writings, but for the most part he interprets and expands on them with his own modern perspective and straightforward writing style. The book is basically an argument first towards theism, and then towards Christianity. The arguments seem uniformly fair and logical, and address both views. All throughout, this book forces the reader to actively think about his views and their foundations. It confronts the reader in such a way that it becomes impossible to ignore the questions it presents. The reader may side with or against the argument, but either way, the reader must start thinking.

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