Isaac Taylor (essay date 1894)
SOURCE: An introduction to Thoughts on Religion and Philosophy, by Blaise Pascal, translated by Isaac Taylor, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Adams, & Co., 1894, pp. iii-lx.
[In the following excerpt, Taylor argues that the Pensées reveal Pascal to be an opponent of, rather than apologist for, Roman Catholicism.]
Those periodic agitations to which all social systems, whether civil or religious, are liable, carry with them a twofold and opposite influence; the one, and the most direct, tending to give rise to similar movements in neighbouring communities; and the other, operating with hardly less force, to preclude any such convulsions where else they probably...
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