Mystical Experience of Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. His numerous works include “Experiences nouvelles touchant le vide,” “Traité du triangle arithmétique,” and “De l’Esprit géométrique.”

Pascal recorded his mystical experience on a scrap of paper which was found sewn up in his doublet after his death.

“From about half past ten in the evening to about half an hour after midnight.
God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob,
Not the God of philosophers and scholars.
Absolute Certainty: Beyond reason. Joy. Peace.
Forgetfulness of the world and everything but God.
The world has not known thee, but I have known thee.
Joy! joy! joy! Tears of joy!”

Quoted by F.C. Happold from Mysticism: A Study and an Anthology.

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