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Mystery of Reason [Paperback]

By Paul Haffner (Author)
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The Mystery of Reason investigates the enterprise of human thought searching for God. People have always found stepping-stones to God's existence carved in the world and in the human condition. This book examines the classical proofs of God's existence, and affirms their continued validity. It shows that human thought can connect with God and with other aspects of religious experience. Moreover, it depicts how Christian faith is reasonable, and is neither blind nor naked. Without reason, belief would degenerate into fundamentalism; but without faith, human thought can remain stranded on the reef of its own self-sufficiency. This book proposes that the human mind must be in partnership with the human heart in any quest for God.

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The Mystery of Reason investigates the enterprise of human thought searching for God. People have always found stepping-stones to God's existence carved in the world and in the human condition. This book examines the classical proofs of God's existence, and affirms their continued validity. It shows that human thought can connect with God and with other aspects of religious experience. Moreover, it depicts how Christian faith is reasonable, and is neither blind nor naked. Without reason, belief would degenerate into fundamentalism; but without faith, human thought can remain stranded on the reef of its own self-sufficiency. This book proposes that the human mind must be in partnership with the human heart in any quest for God. Paul Haffner is lecturer in systematic and dogmatic theology in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Lateran University and the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. In this series he has published The Mystery of Creation, The Mystery of Mary and The Sacramental Mystery.

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Studio: Gracewing Publishing
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   Gracewing Publishing
ISBN  0852445385  
ISBN13  9780852445389  


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An introduction to the relations between faith and reason  Aug 7, 2003
*The Mystery of Reason* is a study of «the relation between human reason and the various aspects of faith» in the light of Pope John Paul II's encyclical *Fidei et Ratio*, by a priest of the diocese of Portsmouth with a doctorate in theology and a B.Sc. in physics.

The first 150 pages of the book are devoted to an historical survey of the relations between faith and reason as discussed in the Bible (chapter 2), the Church Fathers (ch. 3), medieval philosophy (ch. 4) and post-medieval philosophy (ch. 5, aptly titled «Modern Meandering.»)

Chapter 6 contains a bird's eye view of the history of science, reiterating Stanley Jaki's point that Christianity is the only milieu in which modern science was not stillborn; and a short confrontation between scientific cosmologies and darwinism on the one hand, and the conception of the universe as created by God on the other.

Chapter 7 summarizes and updates the various proofs of the existence of God, including a brief assessment of the credibility of the Scriptures.

Chapter 8 attempts to show that while faith «cannot be reduced to reason and logic», it is indeed reasonable, while «the negation of God is the greatest wound that the intellect can inflict upon itself.»

Finally, chapter 9 stresses the role of «the heart» in faith, unfortunately leaving the concept of «heart» undefined and therefore rather unintelligible.

*The Mystery of Reason* is a generally interesting book on a fascinating topic, but one which does not break any new ground and merely tries to give capsule treatments of the numerous points it raises. The historical part, for instance, which represents about three fifths of the book, could have been written by a really gifted philosophy student abstracting the relevant portions from Frederick Copleston's *History of Philosophy*.

One fact I particularly appreciated though is that Paul Haffner is a «disciple» of Stanley Jaki, a Benedictine monk with a PhD in physics and one in theology whom I consider to be one of the greatest living minds, and one of the few authors I know who I believe have got virtually everything right (which, I have come to realize, is much more important than simply being brilliant.) The author of *Creation and Scientific Creativity : A Study in the Thought of S. L. Jaki*, Haffner quotes his mentor copiously, and his general viewpoint can best be described as «Jakian.»

A related book on my reading list is Edward Grant's *God and Reason in the Middle Ages* (2001).

 

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