Faith That Makes You Think


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Summary

The title of this book probably baffles many of us: how can faith ever make you think? For most people, thinking contradicts having faith. People who think do not have faith. And people who have faith do not think. That is the most common perception nowadays. But that perception is seriously flawed.
In fact, there is a strong connection between thinking and having faith.

St. Augustine expressed this quite clearly when he said, “Believers are also thinkers: in believing, they think and in thinking, they believe.… If faith does not think, it is nothing.”
In the Catholic tradition, this connection has been known as “faith and reason.” Pope John Paul II even wrote an encyclical on this issue, making them two sides of the same coin.


Table of Contents


1. THE AVALANCHE OF ATHEISM
	Atheists who are unaware of God.
	Atheists who are undecided about God
	Atheists who are argument stoppers
	Atheists who have closed their minds
	Atheists who have been brainwashed
	Atheists who are militant
	Atheists who are enslaved
	Conclusion
2. YOU ARE ONLY…
	Only a speck of dust?
	Only a bag of genes?
	Only a string of DNA?
	Only a blob of cells?
	Only a pack of neurons?
	Only an automated machine?
	Only a glorified animal?
	Only a member of a colony?
	What is the bottom-line?
3. THE GOD WHO IS AND THE GOD WHO ISN’T
	God is not a part of the universe
	God is not a physical being
	God is not an absent landlord
	God is not a deity among other deities
	God is not a hypothesis
	God is not “a god of the gaps”
	God is not a dictator
	God is not all there is
4. DO WE REALLY HAVE A FREE-WILL?
	Genetics: perhaps we do have a free-will
	Neuroscience: perhaps we do have a free-will
	Philosophy: yes, we do have a free-will
5. SCIENCE AND FAITH REUNITED
	Galileo stoked the fire
	Born in the cradle of religion
	Science, a Judeo-Christian project
	God is the author of both
	How to read the Book of Scripture?
	Science and faith back together again
6. MADE IN GOD’S IMAGE
	The soul has two parts
	The mind is the intellectual part of the soul
	The will is the voluntary part of the soul
7. HOW EVIL IS SUFFERING?
	The essence of evil
	Moral evil
	Natural evil
	The man Job
	The God-man Jesus
	A matter of life and death
8. GOD’S PRESCRIPTION FOR HAPPINESS
	Why “ten words”?
	What does each “word” command?
	Coming to the end…


Reviews

 

“After a lifetime in the academy, I am convinced that the highest priority in the New Evangelization is intellectual evangelization, and specifically, apologetics – answering the major questions which so deeply concern our young people: Does God exist? Are we mere matter? Is there a conflict between the bible and science? Does evolution have to be rejected? What is happiness? Are we really free? How can suffering be reconciled with a loving God?
This book does all of this in an incredibly accessible, engaging, and intelligent way – which paves the way into the mind and heart of the living God."

Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J.
President of the Magis Center for Reason and Faith
Former President Gonzaga University

"This lively and accessible work should awaken or reawaken many Catholics to the glories of their Church as a beacon of faith and reason. It’s a real contribution to the New Evangelization."

Mary Ann Glendon
Professor of Law, Harvard University,
Former US Ambassador to the Holy See,
President Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

“We live in a time and place in which vague religiosity unattached to belief in anything in particular has apparently become an attractive option for a large and growing number of people, including some who call themselves Catholics.
Gerard Verschuuren’s book is a bracing antidote, well-reasoned and clearly written, to this peculiar affliction and a timely reminder to us all that the pillars of authentic faith are grounded in truth."

Russell Shaw
Professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome
Former Secretary of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/US Catholic Conference

“I really enjoyed reading this book. I love his humorous asides following some deep and important fact or matter of faith.
Gerard Verschuuren writes very clearly and his message comes across effectively for readers who are searchers in our faith life!"

Sr. Marianne Postiglione, RSM
Senior Editor at ITEST,
Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology
Former Music Professor at Salve Regina University, RI


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