would be known as " law of Pascal "; the pressure exercised on the liquidin a shut recipient is transmitted by all the directions, with nomodifyings.
The Religious Crisis
During that whole period, Pascal, as his contemporaries, hedirected his conduct according with the prescriptions of the CatholicChurch. This seemed to conform to at the new times, being showntolerant with the scientific investigations that, direct or indirectly, they refuted the extracted dogmas of the Bible. In that measured, theCatholicism of the generation of Pascal tended to be much more asimple habit than a true faith: the faith in God didn't have consequencesin the daily life. The theological current founded by Dutch Cornelius Jansen,even so, it considered such attitude a true corruption of the Christianity.Jansen affirmed that the philosophical reason was the " mother of all theheresies "; in other words, it condemned any free thought, I don't subject to the control of the Church. According to him, the man was not guided by its free will; it was predestined, and the salvation didn't depend on its actions, but, only, of the divine grace. In France, such current - known like Jansenism -, in spite of officially condemned by the Pope, it spread quickly, tends with maincenter difusor, the convent of Port-Royal. From there, the Frenchjansenists started to nail the solitary retreat and the scorn for thematerial and social life. Pascal would take contact with the jansenism in 1646, whenthe father, sick, became attended by two medical followers of the