The “Memorial” of Blaise Pascal

  • Poem (PDF)
  • 230 words
  • Level: high school and above

Blaise Pascal is a prominent figure in the history of science. Students in science classes everywhere learn of “Pascal’s Principle” concerning hydraulic pressure. Pascal also wrote on theological matters, with his best-known work being the Pensées. The PDF below is the text of a poem and prayer written by Pascal, referred to as his “Memorial”. Below the poem are links to two commentaries on the “Memorial”.

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Pascal-Memorial

The two commentaries below have been selected by the Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science (Inters.org), which is edited by the Advanced School for Interdisciplinary Research, operating at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, and directed by Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti:

“Faith and Reason in Blaise Pascal’s ‘Memorial'”, by Romano Guardini (click here).

“Science and Religion in Blaise Pascal’s Life,” by William R. Shea (click here).

 

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