Blaise Pascal’s Lettres provinciales
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
The first of French philosopher and theologian Blaise Pascal’s Lettres Provinciales was published on January 23, 1656
Lettres Provincales is made up of 18 letters and pamphlets that were written in an ironic and humorous style in which he attempted to bring deep theological matters to the masses attention. In his 18-letter series Pascal criticized the Jesuits, promoted Jansenist teaching and put forward the argument that whilst true faith only belongs to the morally upright God’s grace is sufficient for all. „There is a God shaped vacuum in every heart,” he wrote.
The traditionally Catholic Louis XIV was incensed about this pro-Jansensist work. The French king ordered that the book be shredded and burnt in 1660.