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Neither Angel nor Beast by Francis X.J. Coleman

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CONCLUSION

The feeling of belonging to ‘two worlds’ can hardly be alien to modern sensibility. Conflicts between Church and State, one’s ethnic origins and present homeland, one’s wishes of what ought to be rather than one’s realization of what is: all these are conflicts in which a reflective person might find himself. Pascal had to experience the torture of being extremely reflective, and of possessing consummate intelligence. His poignancy of argument will therefore strike some readers today just as much as in his own time – as exaggerated, even repugnant. To give an antidote to this reaction, it may be helpful to quote from a twentieth-century English writer, Christopher Dawson, who drew from the same religious and philosophic sources as ...

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