- Paperback: 556 pages
- Publisher: Gracewing Publishing (15 January 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0852449224
- ISBN-13: 978-0852449226
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
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With this volume, the student will be able to safely navigate through the busy halls of philosophy.
FR JOSEPH AZIZE, PH.D.,
Honorary Associate, Dept of Studies in Religion, University of Sydney;
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame, Australia.
The Realist Guide to Religion and Science is an historical and radically interdisciplinary work that provides clear answers to the intellectual confusion that besieges the modern world.
DENNIS BONNETTE Ph.D.,
Professor of Philosophy (Retired), Niagara University.
Fr Robinson knows that talking about the absoluteness of truth is not very pleasant to a modern scholar … but it is—de facto—a very scholarly thing to do. In my opinion, the author of the Realist Guide deserves praises for this attempt.
JAKUB TAYLOR, Ph.D. (Seoul National University),
Professor Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea.
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Robinson edifies us with interesting examples to show that only a balanced and completely realist philosophy can produce and progress an accurate, useful science. Beginning with an optional review of metaphysics (the Four Causes, and primary and secondary causality), he skillfully walks us through history to demonstrate how a religion (philosophical worldview) is or is not compatible with scientific progress in various cultures at various times, from ancient pagan societies (Greece, China, India) through Medieval Islamic and Catholic cultures to Reformation times and our own post-Reformation culture. The analysis is done using reason that is realist; that is, takes into account both empirical evidence and intangible realities in balance. This well-organized book is packed with science, logic, history and current events, and sprinkled with humor.
Personally, despite decades of searching (as biology student and later as teacher), I have never found a satisfactory solution to the "God versus science" problem until now. I've been overjoyed to find in this book a secure position on the battlefield of viewpoints. I've also found it useful for non-scientific discussions because of the philosophical principles presented.
Having read The Realist Guide, I would like to say that there seem to be some inaccurate impressions about the book based on hearsay or, from a few among those who have actually read it, taking exception to some wording... So, I would encourage you to read it entirely for yourself and be treated to some logical thinking that is like a breath of fresh air. Thank you, Paul Robinson!
It is ironic that Fr. Robinson’s main authority, Fr. Stanley Jaki, believed that special creation required God to intervene in the natural order, when St. Thomas and all of the Fathers and Doctors held that God created all of the different kinds of creatures for man in the beginning and then stopped creating new kinds of creatures. Thus, it is progressive creation—which requires that God intervene periodically to create new kinds of creatures—which confuses the supernatural order of creation with the natural order of providence, not the true Catholic doctrine of creation which clearly distinguishes between the supernatural work of creation in the beginning and the natural order which began when the work of fiat creation was finished. What is most disturbing is Fr. Robinson’s dismissal of the global Flood with his only defense being one quotation from Vigouroux, since the Flood is so solidly established by the Holy Bible, by all of the Fathers, Doctors, and Saints, and by the very words of Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
I am by no means a scientifically minded person, but Fr. Robinson presents difficult philosophical ideas in an easy to absorb format, summarises regularly and uses a well placed example here and there to help his reader along the way.
I could not help but enjoy the journey!
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