Provincial Letters

by Blaise Pascal


Provincial Letters (1892) was written by Frenchman Blaise Pascal. As the title indicates, this is a compendium letters written defending Antoine Arnauld who was being tried for his controversial religious ideas. The letters are critical of the Jesuits for their lukewarm morality. The letters call individuals to consider their own personal relationship with God. Interestingly, these letters led to sort of a “reformation” within the Catholic Church with Pope agreeing with many of Pascal’s calls for change and criticisms of the current status quo in the church. The letters were instrumental in allowing Arnauld’s ideas to continue to be heard. Pascal’s personal religious journey is also evident in these 18 letters. Pascal lived from 1623 to 1662.

Wailand Groenendyk
CCEL Staff Writer

About Blaise Pascal

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Born: June 19, 1623
Died: August 19, 1662
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