Sunday, March 28, 2010Sunday Quote: Blaise Pascal on Knowing Truth“We know truth not only through our reason but also through our heart. It is through the latter that we know first principles, and reason, which has nothing to do with it, tries in vain to refute them.” – Blaise Pascal, Pensées (110) / 28 Apologetics315 is a non-profit ministry. You can support this work here. Do you do your shopping at Amazon? If so, using this Amazon link supports Apologetics315. In the UK? Use this UK Amazon link. By Brian Auten on March 28, 2010 at 6:30 am Topics: Blaise Pascal, Quotes, Truth 3 comments 0 Related Apologist Interview: Craig Hazen of Biola University Book Review: On Guard by William Lane Craig 3 Comments inchristus March 28, 2010 "The heart has its reasons of which Reason knows nothing." Blaise…again therealdrag0 March 28, 2010 I'm not a fan of such quotes. Reason is what I have to lean on. The heart is a wash of deceitful emotions. Brian March 28, 2010 Pascal also said: "Two excesses: to exclude reason, to admit nothing but reason." (183/253) and also, "Reason's last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it…" (188/267) Pascal wasn't against reason – but he offered a balance and discerned its limits. In addition (as the quote indicates) he understood that first principles (basic beliefs and axioms) are not the products of reason, but are known intuitively.