Religious Language

Pascal’s ‘Memorial’ is a poem that expresses Blaise Pascal’s conversion to Christianity. He uses the form of a poem to express something that is not tangible nor easily explained to another person. In this sense, Pascal uses religious language as a way to know truths about faith in Jesus Christ. By using religious language, Pascal could express the joy of finding Christ through words or phrases that at least try to reveal truths. He expressed in the first two lines that there are two philosophies: that of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of the learned.

This type of language is different from scientific language because there is tangible evidence to support evidence in the language of science. Some may also argue that math is the language of science and in that sense, math is more concrete and definite than religious language. In human sciences, the same concept applies. Evidence of the past or human behavior are seen through observation. In aesthetic language, the work of art speaks to the viewer through the viewer’s own tastes and personal experiences. This seems similar to religious language, but the distinction comes from faith because religious language tries to portray the truth about God.

Scientific language is a superior way of knowing because it gives more accurate evidence due to the nature of the scientific method. It uses reason to arrive at truths about any experiments.

Pascal’s ‘Memorial’ uses religious language as a way of portraying faith. However, scientific language is still a superior form of language because of its good use of reason to arrive at conclusions. This, however, does not mean that this is the only form of language to use.