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Blaise Pascal
b. June 19, 1623 – d. August 19, 1662 • Author • Philosopher
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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Pascal, Blaise
Pascal, Blaise (1623–62), French scientist, polemicist, and Christian apologist. He was born at Clermont-Ferrand, and after the death of his mother when he was 4, was educated privately by his father together with his two sisters, Gilberte, his first biographer (b. 1620; in 1641 she married her cousin,
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Blaise Pascal
Pascal, Blaise. Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) was a French mathematician, scientist, and philosopher. At age sixteen, he completed an original treatise on conic sections. He contributed to the development of differential calculus, and originated the mathematical theory of probability. Several mathematical
The Dictionary of Historical Theology
Pascal, Blaise (1623–62)
Pascal, Blaise (1623–62)Although Pascal never wrote a systematic account of any issue in theology or philosophy, his reflections on the nature and defence of Christian faith were important features of seventeenth-century European thought and continue to exercise considerable influence in theology and
Compton’s Encyclopedia
Pascal, Blaise
Pascal, Blaise(1623–62). Regarded as a brilliant man in his own time, Blaise Pascal made contributions to science, mathematics, and religious philosophy for all time. His works Les Provinciales (Provincial Letters) and Pensées (Thoughts), both religious, are considered masterpieces of prose.Pascal
The Westminster Dictionary of Theologians
Pascal, Blaise
Pascal, Blaise (1623–62). French scientist, mathematician, and religious thinker. He began his academic and scientific work as a freethinker and atheist. Because of his interest in the exact sciences he wrote on sounds and mathematical equations and a treatise on the equilibrium of liquids.In addition
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology
Pascal, Blaise
Pascal, BlaiseBlaise Pascal’s experience of conversion was the foundation of his spirituality. Pascal (1623–1662) had already established a serious reputation as a scientist and mathematician when he discovered a direct and personal experience of Christ in 1654, subsequent to an earlier experience of
Pocket Dictionary of Church History: Over 300 Terms Clearly and Concisely Defined
Pascal, Blaise
Pascal, Blaise (1623–1662). Famous in the worlds of mathematics (for his probability theory), science (for his arguments in support of a vacuum and experiments with a barometer), and religion (as a Christian *apologist of the first order), Pascal was a brilliant if idiosyncratic figure in seventeenth-century
131 Christians Everyone Should Know
Blaise Pascal
Evangelists and ApologistsBlaise PascalScientific and spiritual prodigy“The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know at all.”“Who needs God? Man can make it on his own.” So claimed Reason, the philosophy that captured the imagination of seventeenth-century France. Its champions,
Dictionary of Christianity and Science: The Definitive Reference for the Intersection of Christian Faith and Contemporary Science
Pascal, Blaise
PASCAL, BLAISE. One of the scientific revolution’s most creative and intuitive thinkers was also one of Christianity’s most passionate and unique apologists. Frenchman Blaise Pascal (1623–62) was one of seventeenth-century Europe’s quintessential Renaissance men. In the short span of his life (only 39
New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
Pascal, Blaise (1623–62)
PASCAL, BLAISE (1623–62)Pascal, whose early genius emerged in mathematics, experimental physics and practical inventions, was converted to *Jansenism at Rouen in 1646. He participated in the social, intellectual and cultural life of Paris until his ‘night of fire’ (1654), an experience of intense assurance,
Who’s Who in Christian History
Pascal, Blaise
Pascal, Blaise (1623–1662)French mathematician and scientist; Christian apologistPascal was born at Clermont-Ferrond, where his father, Etienne, a lawyer, presided over the Court of Aids. When Pascal was three, his mother died, leaving him and two sisters in the care of their father. In 1631 the family