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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813208084
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 409
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
I Pascal and the Unbelievers 49
Le Libertinage erudit 51
Two Cautious Skeptics: La Mothe le Vayer and Gabriel Naude 66
The Survival of the Radical Tradition: Covert Atheism and Clandestine Manuscripts 81
Pascal and Deism 90
"La Religion a la mode": The Popularization of Deist Ideas 110
Pascal and the Libertins erudits: A Reassessment 113
L'Honnete Homme 119
II Isaac de La Peyrere and the Discovery of Pre-Biblical Time 131
Du Rappel des Juifs 135
La Peyrere and the Problem of the Peoples of the New World 144
La Peyrere's Arrest and Conversion 148
The Systema theologicum ex prae Adamitarum hypothesi 151
La Peyrere's Critique of Genesis 155
Biblical History Versus the Deep Abyss of Time 157
La Peyrere and La Libre Pensee 162
La Peyrere and the Origins of Modern Biblical Criticism 166
La Peyrere's Rejection of the Mosaic Authorship of the Pentateuch 169
The Legacy of La Peyrere 171
III Pascal and the Non-Christian Religions 177
Pascal and Islam 182
Du Ryer's L'Alcoran 186
Pascal and Grotius 193
"Histoire de la Chine": Pascal and the Challenge to Biblical Time 211
Martini's Sinicae Historiae 218
Pascal and the Jesuit Mission to China 224
Le Vayer's De la vertu des payens 228
Fragment 822 and Neo-Augustinian Theology 235
IV The Preface to the Apology 243
Fragments 418 and 427: The State of the Texts 243
Pascal's Interlocutor in Fragment 418 248
The Unbelievers in Fragment 427 275
The Tragedy of Disbelief 295
The Pseudo-Libertins 309
The Uses and Dangers of Skepticism 314
V Catechesis and Conversion in the Pensees 327
Pascal's Chercheur 327
The Catechumenate as a Model for Conversion 335
The Faith of the Simple 343
The Limits of Apologetics 350
The Evolution of the Chercheur 362
Pascal's Categories of Disbelief 366
The Role of Argument in the Apology: The Hardened Skeptics Reconsidered 373
Bibliography 387
General Index 397
Index to "Pensees" cited 407
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