Blaise Pascal, a French scientific genius in mathematics and physics during the 17th century, owes his universal fame as a religious philosopher to his Pensées, those extraordinary notes for a projected defense of Christianity. The Pensées occupy a unique place in the history of French literature and in the history of religious meditation.
“The history of human opinions of Pascal and of men of his stature is a part of the history of humanity... It is the combination of the scientist, the honnête homme, and the religious nature with a passionate craving for God that makes pascal unique... I know of no religious writer more pertinent to our time, more to be commended than Pascal to those who doubt, but who have the mind to conceive, and the sensibility to feel, the disorder, the futility, the meaninglessness, the mystery of life and suffering, and who can only find peace through a satisfaction of the whole being.“ — T.S. Eliot