The Loudmouth Protestant

May 1, 2009

Quote of the Day: Blaise Pascal

Richard J. Foster and Gayle D. Beebe’s explication of Blaise Pascal’s notion that all humanity is both wretched and glorious in “Longing for God”:

“We are glorious because we are created in the image of God; we are wretched because of our fall from grace. Today people want to tilt in one direction or the other: all gloriousness or all wretchedness. But we are both. This insight helps us immensely in dealing with people. When another person seems all glorious, we are not deceived–wretchedness is just around the corner. Conversely, if we see only wretchedness we know there is gloriousness in this person. God’s good image may be eclipsed but it is not gone. And it is given to us to call it forth.”

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