- 256 pages
- Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization
- Samuel Gregg
- 15 August 2017 Samuel Gregg
Gregg S Book Is The Closet Thing I Ve Encountered In A Long Time To A One Volume User S Manual For Operating Western Civilization The Stream Reason, Faith, And The Struggle For Western Civilization Offers A Concise Intellectual History Of The West Through The Prism Of The Relationship Between Faith And Reason Free Beacon The Genius Of Western Civilization Is Its Unique Synthesis Of Reason And Faith But Today That Synthesis Is Under Attack From The East By Radical Islam Faith Without Reason And From Within The West Itself By Aggressive Secularism Reason Without Faith The Stakes Are Incalculably High The Na Ve And Increasingly Common Assumption That Reason And Faith Are Incompatible Is Simply At Odds With The Facts Of History The Revelation In The Hebrew Scriptures Of A Reasonable Creator Imbued Judaism And Christianity With A Conviction That The World Is Intelligible, Leading To The Flowering Of Reason And The Invention Of Science In The West It Was No Accident That The Enlightenment Took Place In The Culture Formed By The Jewish And Christian Faiths We Can All See That Faith Without Reason Is Benighted At Best, Fanatical And Violent At Worst But Too Many Forget That Reason, Stripped Of Faith, Is Subject To Its Own Pathologies A Supposedly Autonomous Reason Easily Sinks Into Fanaticism, Stifling Dissent As Bigoted And Irrational And Devouring The Humane Civilization Fostered By The Integration Of Reason And Faith The Blood Soaked History Of The Twentieth Century Attests To The Totalitarian Forces Unleashed By Corrupted Reason But Samuel Gregg Does Than Lament The Intellectual And Spiritual Ruin Caused By The Divorce Of Reason And Faith He Shows That Each Of These Foundational Principles Corrects The Other S Excesses And Enhances Our Comprehension Of The Truth In A Continuous Renewal Of Civilization By Recovering This Balance, We Can Avoid A Suicidal Winner Take All Conflict Between Reason And Faith And A Future That Will Respect Neither.