“To be utterly lost in the woods is unfortunate. To be absolutely unconcerned about it is unreasonable. Yet so many people who spend weeks mastering a new video game, months learning a tennis serve, or years perfecting a golf swing will not invest a few days, or even a matter of hours, in the effort to understand better some of the deeper questions about life. In Pascal’s day, there were some intelligent and otherwise well-informed people who seemed totally apathetic about ultimate issues. In our day, there are a great many.”
So begins chapter two of the 1992 book, Making Sense of it all: Pascal and the Meaning of Life, by Dr. Thomas V. Morris. It is our pleasure at Christian Humanist Profiles to welcome Dr. Morris to our program. Tom served for 15 years as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, and is founder and currently the chairman of the Morris Institute for Human Values in Wilmington, North Carolina. He holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Ph.D. from Yale University. He is the author of numerous books, including Philosophy and the Christian Faith, The Stoic Art of Living, and God and the Philosophers: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason, among many others. Today, we will be speaking with Dr. Morris about his book on Pascal, and the issues he addresses therein.