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Neither Angel nor Beast by Francis X.J. Coleman

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THE WAGER

Pascal knew that the art of persuasion requires more than intellectual arguments to arrive at the truth; the heart, or feelings, and the will, must also be swayed. Up to this point Pascal’s dialectic has striven to show the agreement between his empirical reading of human nature and the teachings of the Scriptures. As mentioned earlier, Pascal does not prejudge his case by assuming that the Bible is entirely or even in part revealed; he leaves that question open. Since the dogmas extracted from the Scriptures are in accordance with the facts of human nature, the Scriptures are literally true. Divine inspiration would simply be a bonus and a preternatural consolation. Now his dialectic takes on a new strategy in order to lead his ...

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