One of the greatest mysteries is in us…

One of the greatest mysteries is in us. How is the naked ape capable of grasping the mathematical structure of matter? How can one species produce both unspeakable wickedness and nearly inexplicable goodness? How can we be responsible both for the most disgusting squalor and for the most breathtaking beauty? How can grand aspirations and self-destructive impulses, kindness and cruelty, be interwoven in one life? The human enigma cries out for explanation. Pascal believed that only the tenets of the Christian faith can adequately account for both the greatness and wretchedness of humanity. And he was convinced that this in itself is an important piece of evidence that Christianity embraces truth.

Thomas Morris, quoted in A World of Difference by Kenneth Richard Samples, kindle location 2104

Glory and refuse of the universe…

Blaise Pascal described human beings in his classic work Pensées as a strange and freakish mixture of “greatness and wretchedness,” as simultaneously both the “glory and refuse of the universe.” Part of man’s nobility is demonstrated in his unique ability as a reflective thinker to recognize his own wretchedness. Pascal thought only the Christian faith could account for this schizophrenic condition.

Kenneth Richard Samples, from A World of Difference, kindle location 2102

The enigma of humanity itself poses…

But to be worthy of belief, a religion or philosophy must also account for the meaningful realities a person encounters in life. And the enigma of humanity itself poses one of the most complex challenges.

Kenneth Richard Samples, from A World of Difference, kindle location 2099