A Third Testament: A Modern Pilgrim Explores the Spiritual by Malcolm Muggeridge PDF

By Malcolm Muggeridge

ISBN-10: 1570755329

ISBN-13: 9781570755323

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The Reformation, like the discoveries and pretensions of science today, had challenged its basic premises, and inside the Church there were those – again, as there are today, in each case with the Jesuits well to the fore – eager to fall in with the new, trendy intellectual and moral attitudes. Pascal was ready to use his dialectical skill in opposing the innova­ tors, and considered himself to the end of his days a loyal son of the Church, even though he was open to a charge of heresy, and only just missed being excommunicated.

This led to a trial of sedition on January 11, 1804. ” This experience preyed upon him to an abnormal degree and left its mark in his Prophetic Books. Even so, his sojourn at Felpham gave Blake some enchanted moments, reviving in him the mood of his exquisite Songs of Innocence. ” So I piped with merry cheer. “Piper, pipe that song again;” So I piped: he wept to hear. “Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe; Sing thy songs of happy cheer:” So I sung the same again, While he wept with joy to hear. “Piper, sit thee down and write In a book, that all may read,” So he vanish’d from my sight, And I pluck’d a hollow reed, And I made a rural pen, And I stain’d the water clear, And I wrote my happy songs Every child may joy to hear.

Judge of all things. A ridiculous earthworm who is nonethe­ less the repository of truth. A sink of uncertainty and error. The glory and the scum of the world. ” Man is great only in that he knows he is wretched. The very reason on which he so prides himself leads him to conclude that there are an infinite number of things beyond it. Pride separates him from God, and induces him to believe that he is a god himself. When he “licks A Third Testament blaise pascal  the earth” he is cast into the other abyss and seeks his good in sensu­ ality, which is the lot of the animals.

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