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Neither Angel nor Beast by Francis X.J. Coleman

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MAN WITH GOD

The second part of the Apology, entitled ‘L’Homme avec Dieu,’ is much briefer and more fragmentary than the first, being a compilation of notes to himself and allusions often difficult to interpret. Pascal believes that he has now convinced his opponent that God is the sole true object of man’s needs, and that man’s existence will have meaning and purpose only in the search for God. Having shown the impossibility of certainties in mathematics, science, and particularly in philosophy or theology, Pascal does not intend to give his opponent new certitudes, still less the promise of a mystical vision of God, for God is a ‘hidden God’ – ‘un Dieu caché.’ Indeed, Pascal believes that he has convinced his interlocutor – atheist, skeptic, ...

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