Blaise Pascal Publishes Attack on Jesuits

Blaise Pascal Publishes Attack on Jesuits

Blaise Pascal
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Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his 18 Lettres provinciales (Provincial letters), most of which attack the Jesuits.

Writing under the pseudonym Louis de Montalte, Pascal defends Jansenist Antoine Arnauld from Port-Royal-des-Champs. Arnauld is a friend of Pascal's who is condemned by the Faculté de Théologie at the Sorbonne in Paris for holding heretical views.

King Louis XIV orders the collection of letters be burned and Pope Alexander VII condemns them. Most educated people in France read them anyway and they become very influential, both in style and content.

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