by Blaise Pascal
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On November 23, 1654, Pascal had an intense religious vision; later that night, he wrote himself a note detailing the experience. Until his death, he kept this note sewn into whichever coat he wore, and only by chance did a servant discover it. In it, Pascal claims to have had a personal encounter with Christ rather than the abstracted God of philosophy. As a result, he felt his faith reinvigorated, and he began his first major work on religion, the Provincial Letters.