Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Underground Thomist - blog review

The Lord be with you

While listening to Issues Etc, I heard reference to a blog/website titled “The Underground Thomist.” It is maintained by Dr. J. Budziszewski, a teacher at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor of government and philosophy with a focus on the ethical basis of politics. So I checked it out a bit. What I read, I liked. Here is a link to the site.

One of the items I read was a book review of a book by Guenter Lewy. The book is titled Why America Needs Religion: Secular Modernity and Its Discontents. The review is titled Second Thoughts of A Secularist and first appeared a publication titled First Things. It begins:

Second Thoughts of A Secularist
By J. Budziszewski
April 1997

Why America Needs Religion: Secular Modernity and Its Discontents
By Guenter Lewy
Eerdmans, 160 pages, $18

In its scant 160 pages, this book has everything: riveting argument and thrilling mystery sandwiched between an incoherency and a paradox. Apparently nothing in its writing went according to plan. When he began his project the author was a proud secular humanist, a card-carrying moral relativist, and a subscriber to the view of reason that holds faith to be unreasonable. His design was to ridicule the writers who ridiculed his creeds and demolish their proposition that the real crisis of our age is a crisis of unbelief. Somewhere along the way he discovered that they were right after all. Partly right, anyway.

Though Professor Lewy still believes that there is no God, he now finds that …

To finish the review follow this link: SECOND THOUGHTS OF A SECULARIST

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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