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A Third Testament: A Modern Pilgrim Explores the Spiritual by Malcolm Muggeridge

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Pascal was ready to use his dialectical skill in opposing the innova­ tors, and considered himself to the end of his days a loyal son of the Church, even though he was open to a charge of heresy, and only just missed being excommunicated. At the same time, what Pascal was concerned with essentially was not an institutional Church or a temporal State, but man himself: that fugi­ tive from reality who must somehow be persuaded to confront his own imperfection and despair, and see through them into the bright light of eternity, his true habitat.

But if I speak to a cold man, he just doesn’t know what I am talking about… You are surprised that the world is losing its grip? That the world is grown old? Don’t hold onto the old man, the world; don’t refuse to regain your youth in Christ, who says to you: “The world is passing away; the world is losing its grip, the world is short of breath. ” Though no one has ever been more insistent on the need for purity, equally no one has ever been less of a Puritan in the pejorative sense. Everything in creation delighted Augustine.

Blake returned to London, more than ever feeling that he was an Ish­ mael, as he put it, born with a different face. Misfortunes, often brought on by his own odd disposition and whimsical ways, multiplied, and made him at times feel that he was the particular target of the world’s buffetings. Yet he managed to avoid the self-pity to which his contem­ porary Rousseau was so given. Rather, Blake saw himself as Job, who would be the subject of one of his greatest masterpieces. ” So, ever cheerful, never lacking friends, Blake continued to the end, looking assiduously into the mystery of things, and providing thereby unique illumination for generations to come.

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