Science, reason and faith in Blaise Pascal

Science, reason and faith in Blaise Pascal. Homage on the IV Centenary
seminar of group Science, Reason and Faith.
Juan Luis Lorda. Pamplona, November 7, 2023.

Juan Luis Lorda is an industrial engineer, doctor in Theology, and Full Professor of Dogmatic Theology and of the Institute Core Curriculum at the University of Navarra. He was ordained a priest in 1983. He is a member of group of research Science, Reason and Faith (CRYF) and member of committee advisor of catechesis of the Spanish Episcopal lecture . His research has focused on the anthropology of John Paul II, personalist thought and Christian humanism in history. Apart from his theological production, he has written numerous books on spirituality that have been widely distributed. He also collaborates in religious publications, in cultural magazines, in the daily press and in the program Alborada of Radio Nacional.

In his short life, Pascal (1623-1662) was a precocious and authentic genius, a restless, sincere and constant search engine of the truth. He was imbued with the nascent scientific spirit of his time. He was passionate about the novelties in mathematics and physics, to which he contributed significantly. At the same time he followed an intense path of religious conversion. He wanted to arouse among his contemporaries, whom he saw moving away from the faith, a profound reflection aimed at rediscovering the Christian faith. The unfinished fruit of this endeavor is The Thoughts. He united in himself the "spirit of geometry" and the "spirit of finesse" and defended the uniqueness of the human being with his three orders of greatness. His vindication of "the reasons of the heart" has reached our days. There are many reasons to learn from him as we celebrate the fourth centenary of his birth.

→ Apostolic Letter "Sublimitas et miseria hominis".