The Anthropological Argument of Blaise Pascal or…”Who Are You?”

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Excerpts from Pascal’s “Pensees” that were the impetus for “Manifest Propensity…thoughts for deposed royalty”:

430 The greatness and the wretchedness of man are so evident that the true religion must necessarily teach us both that there is in man some great source of greatness, and a great source of wretchedness. It must then give us a reason for these astonishing contradictions. Continue reading

Andrew Bird’s Noble Beast, Part 5: “Natural Disaster”

This is part 5 in my series of considering the theme of the album Noble Beast by Andrew Bird. I have already considered the songs Oh No, Nomenclature, and Fitz and the Dizzyspells. These three songs all dealt in one way or another with the theme of liberation Continue reading

Andrew Bird’s Noble Beast, Part 2: “Oh No”

In Andrew Bird’s Noble Beast, Part 1, I raised the question whether in “Noble Beast,”Andrew Bird was “presenting” the biblical anthropology of Blaise Pascal, or the evolutionary scientism of H.G. Wells, or if he was espousing something in-between these philosophies. I should probably begin by explaining what I mean by Andrew Bird “presenting” these views or something in-between. I obviously have no way of knowing of Andrew Bird’s relationship to these philosophies Continue reading