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Chapter Three Pascal …every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God…But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. —1 Cor 3:8–10 The material below is taken from the introduction, Chapter One, Chapter Three, and Chapter Six of Mary Efrosini Gregory, An Eastern Orthodox View of Pascal. Selection from the Introduction Skeptics have asked throughout the ages and they still do today, “Is there any scientific, mathematical, empirical proof that God exists?” The objective of this study is to demonstrate that the answer is a resounding, “Yes,” and that Blaise Pascal does provide evidence to answer this question. Pascal’s genius resides in his ability to prove the existence of God using probability theory as a tool: because he was a brilliant scientist and mathematician, he was able to demonstrate that the fulfillment of hundreds of Messianic prophecies in the person of one man, Jesus Christ, the historicity of miracles, the unity of the OT and New (ie: evidence of the Holy Trinity in the OT and types), all fall outside the realm of statistical probability and that therefore, they provide clear evi- dence of the Will of God. The first five chapters of this study will examine in detail these proofs based on probability theory. We believe that Pascal’s evi- dence does substantiate the thesis that God exists. However, Pascal’s personal brand of theology, Jansenism, based on Au- gustine, is erroneous in its tenet that...
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