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Exam 2 Sem 2 - PERSPECTIVES EXAM 2 QUESTIONS 1 PASCAL...

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PERSPECTIVES: EXAM 2: QUESTIONS 1. PASCAL Explain what Pascal means by the wretchedness and greatness of man— why you can’t truly appreciate the one without recognizing the other.   The wretchedness is the fact that we hide from ourselves others and God, because there is  something that we find fundamentally unloveable within yourself and you do not strive to learn  to live with it, but rather hide it.  Greatness is when you know you’re wretched but you strive to  be something better.  If you have wretchedness with out greatness there is despair and if you  have greatness without wretchedness there is a ridiculous amount of pride.  What you want to be  is part of what you are.  Every human being wants to be accepted. What is Pascal’s analysis of ‘distraction’ and ‘indifference’?   If you try to distract yourself from something the distraction will always be there and the  distraction will remind you of what you hate.  Putting on masks is a way of distraction, they are  meant to distract other people as well as distracting other people as well as God. How does Pascal’s psychological analysis of the human condition lead into his argument  that Christianity is the true religion?  You meet yourself in Christianity, and your deepest desires there.  The idea that Christianity  addresses both the greatness and the wretchedness and it challenges yourself to love yourself and  be yourself, but also gives you a loving God that humbles you and helps you through tough  times. Explain his famous “wager argument.”  The wager argument is that you have to place a bet on whether or not God exists.  If your heart  feels some attraction towards there being a God then you should follow it.  Reason cannot decide  there is no way to prove it, (Descartes is wrong) but it is an important question.  Therefore your 
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