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The Mystery of Reason

The Mystery of Reason investigates the enterprise of human thought searching for God. First it examines the tools that reason has at its disposal, and charts how these tools have been employed from biblical times, through the patristic, medieval and post-reformation periods, into modern times.  People have always found stepping-stones to God's existence carved in the world and in the human condition. Human reason may still offer convincing proofs for God’s existence even in the scientific, post-Darwinian age in which we live.This book 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. This work ultimately shows that faith is a rational matter, not the irrational belief system of popular misunderstandings, because of the very natures of God and his creation. Without reason, belief would degenerate into fundamentalism; but without faith, human thought can remain stranded on the reef of its own self-sufficiency. The book closes by proposing that the human mind must be in partnership with the human heart in any quest for God.


Dr Pravin Thevathasan reviewed The Mystery of Reason saying: "This fine work may be seen as a response to the Papal encyclical Fides et Ratio. It is an exploration of the relationship between faith and reason, and in so doing it makes use of a variety of approaches including philosophy, theology and contemplation. It is wholly faithful to the vision of the Church."

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