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By Kathleen A. Mulhern,Martha Hanna

In mild of the modern fight among technological know-how and religion, Kathleen Mulhern's well timed exploration of overdue nineteenth-century neo-Pascalian concept either recovers a misplaced standpoint at the "war among technology and faith" and gives a fruitful attitude of analysis for twenty-first-century mirrored image.
As the technological know-how vs. faith rancor reached its early fury on the flip of the century, many religious French Catholic intellectuals struggled with the more and more dogmatic spirit in either the Roman Catholic Church and the medical neighborhood. The dominant ideology of scientism in the highbrow institution of the 3rd Republic (1870-1940) collided with a transforming into authoritarianism in the Church, expressed within the 1893 papal encyclical, Providentissimus. Physicist Pierre Duhem, thinker Maurice Blondel, and priest Lucien Laberthonniére rejected the Roman Catholic Church's Thomistic technique and sought highbrow concept in its place within the philosophy of seventeenth-century scientist, mathematician, thinker, and Christian apologist Blaise Pascal.
These neo-Pascalians provided an alternative choice to the opposed courting among smooth tradition and orthodox Catholic religion, yet their rules got here to an abrupt and sour end after they ran afoul of Church authority. The narrative and contribution of the neo-Pascalians bargains many insights and classes which could helpfully tell the modern debates surrounding the discussion among technology and religion.

"Kathleen Mulhern bargains a well-written and deeply documented learn of ways the philosophy and theology of Blaise Pascal stimulated definite later thinkers (the Pascalisants) of their reaction to the non secular and clinical controversies in their day. In so doing, she offers deep insights not just into Pascal's worldview, but in addition touching on early glossy eu highbrow background (particularly 3rd Republic France), the philosophy of technological know-how, and the philosophy of faith. Readers attracted to all or any of those parts should be ably rewarded by way of learning this beneficial volume."
-Douglas Groothuis
Professor of Philosophy
Denver Seminary

"Why Pascalian rules resonated for a group of French Catholic intellectuals on the finish of the 19th century and why their efforts to represent a philosophical method that at the same time revered the accomplishments of technological know-how, affirmed the lifestyles of God, and venerated the autonomy of the person judgment of right and wrong eventually failed is the tale that past the Contingent unpacks with admirable rigor."
-from the Foreword by means of Martha Hanna
University of Colorado, Boulder

Kathleen Mulhern is an historian, author, educator, and the handling Editor at Patheos.com. She has taught at Regis collage and Colorado institution of Mines, and at the moment teaches Church historical past at Denver Seminary. She holds an M.A. in French Literature, an M.A. in Church historical past, and a Ph.D. in History.

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