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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824524721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824524722
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Aquinas on May 9, 2010
This is a whimsical and amusing little book on the rationality of believing in God but also how believing in God is a response to the longing of our hearts or, to be more precise, of our whole person. The fad at the minute is to regard all religious believers as dangerous loonies - Albacete's response is not to take a highly polemic stand against those railing at us who believe but to provide an insight into the joy of believing. Further, he shows, in his capacity as a physicist, that, for him, there is no contradiction in believing in the laws of physics and believing there is a God, who has revealed Himself. Both the believer and the scientist are seeking "knowledge and truth" except that the believer considers that human life cannot be explained in totally scientific materialist terms. Focusing exclusively on the latter leads to a "reduction in desire" and the "secularisation of interiority" - the longing of the heart is in effect denied. Critically, Albacete reminds us though that the order of discourse for science and philosophy/religion are different. Each follow its proper method. And, we must not suppress reason - to do so would be inhuman.

At times, particularly in his "Real Beer" chapter, I was reminder of Benedict XVI's Encyclical "Spe Salvi":

"The infinity our heart's desire is not endless time, a linear succession of moments that go on forever> No matter, how long we live, this desire remains> Ironically, perhaps the infinity the heart desires is within the limited within the particular within the concrete. It is a measure of quality not quantity.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Plantinganut2000 on December 17, 2007
Albacete's vision of a 'rational faith' is one everyone on either side of the 'God Issue' should read. It is witty, down to earth, but well reasoned and persuasive.

It seems to me that what we have here is ultimately a powerful, persuasive, and well put together (sound?) version of the 'argument from desire'. Or in Albacete's case, the 'argument from desires'. Besides CS Lewis and the current pope, other intellectual influences range from Levinas and (I think) Miguel De Unamuno. I see a lot of Unamuno's outlook underlying much of what Albacete is talking about.

Albacete's overall point seems to me to be an issue that is widely accepted in many philosophical circles nowadays: that one cannot take a value-neutral stance on what rationality IS when the question of what constitutes rationality is the issue on the table. Any epistemological theory is going to be based on certain pre-existing beliefs, values, convictions and commitments. Hence Albacete's observation that science itself is based on 'desire'.

What the latin priest does is to take these ideas and make them accessible to anyone, leading up to the conclusion that, given science's reliance on commitments much like those that lead us to religion, religion is a justified (rationally speaking) enterprise.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Crozzoli on November 17, 2009
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One of the best books a thinking person can read re: religion vs. science, suffering, and other topics, not lightweight fluff but not difficult to get, either.
All subjects handled with much humor and insight. Company delivered book in excellent condition in a timely manner.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Primo Rodriguez Perez on December 18, 2012
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Albacete makes a good case for the belief in God- what ever you want to think- the powers of our commiseration
are not to be taken lightly. He is a man who believes in science,but at the same time believes the human personality has a spiritual foundation. Good read even if your not religious.
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