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The Order of Things Paperback – October 31, 2007
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This ambitious book, in under 250 pages, tackles many of the biggest questions surrounding our existence and our obligations. In a time of atheist chic, Rev. Schall takes a serious look at why things are the way they are. He weaves together many classic ideas from Plato to Aquinas to Tolkien and Lewis. And, his writing is accessible to someone without a philosophy degree, but merely a deep curiosity about existence and reality.
Counterintuitively, the author starts with the macro perspective -- The Orderly and Divine -rather than starting, like Lewis' "Mere Christianity" at the personal level. As his focus narrows, the higher-order ideas and lessons wrap neatly around the more personal.
An absolutely delightful read. The material is not easy, but is presented in clear and enjoyable prose. The greatest challenge, however, is less in the understanding of Rev. Schall's points than in the acceptance of them in one's life.
Although it is merely 234 pages, "The Order of Things" is a dense, but approachable, read which takes on a panoply of considerations in order to see the overall direction of the Creator, His cosmos, and the parts therein (particularly man). It is difficult to lay out the fullness of Schall's presentation in a short review since he pulls from many philosophical, theological, and cultural sources to address and consider a great variety of topics related to order. However, in short, it can be said to be an arrow which strikes the heart, having passed through the Godhead into the world and then into humanity. Schall's considerations are centered on that order which is the dynamic ordering of love in the Trinity, even if that is only implicit in much of the text. His exposition of order (and its contrast to disorder) is not one of a static nature but one which draws its unity from the initial consideration of the Triune God.
This is a book that one can revisit many times (and I intend to do such over time). I highly recommend it as a veritable smorgasbord which touches the depths of the soul.
The Orderly and the Divine
"Our laughter depends on our seeing the incongruity of things. We see inconcongruity only when we simultaneously see the congruity of things"
"As Aristotle told us in a famous passage, we should strive with all our might to know not merely mortal things but the highest things"
"If we keep company with "dvine and orderly things", there is some chance that we should likewise reflect this company in our souls, in our lives, in our families, in our cities"
"Thomas Aquinas, recalling Aristotle, said in a famous passage that "it is the nature of a wise man to order things".
"Our longing for knowledge is beyond our control we simply want to know. We are moved by the wonder of the world. We are beings who want to know, we seek to know the what is of everything we encounter including ourselves"
"The very good of his mind is to know and manifest this order"
"The mind wants to know that this thing is not that thing. It strives to distinguish. It seeks to know and manifest the differences among other things, including human things. The human mind implicitly assumes there is order among things because it looks for it".
"The order is a willed order.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Schall is a singular voice of sanity. Anyone who wants to understand the disorder of our times needs to understand first what order is. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert Adam
Among other things, this book was a great tour of the effects of what can occur when rationalism (or any of the counter-productive self-absorbed "-isms") gets its day. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Chris from Ohio
Isaiah's 5:20 warns us:
"Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for... Read more
His order in leading the reader to the best part of the book - the conclusion, is an excellent template for any lesson plan - i guess you could skip the rest of the book and go... Read morePublished on October 22, 2011 by martin ho
The fundamental issue is order or chaos? A topic of interest for Einstein and Niels Bohr, Nassim Taleb and now a Jesuit priest and professor of Political Philosophy at... Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by John Marke
That mythological works begin with man and continue on to God, wherein Schall begins with God and continues on to man, shows the author truly does know the Order of Things. Read morePublished on November 14, 2010 by Kevin Fuller
Like all of Schall's books, The Order of Things is an index of great ideas and the great books in which they can be found. Read morePublished on November 8, 2009 by m1cm4c
This book is very easy read, one which requires almost no background knowledge. The author looks at "order" in various aspects of life and faith. Read morePublished on December 17, 2008 by Bobby Bambino
Schall has written some jems over the years, but I would have to say I found The Order of Things to be my favorite so far. Read morePublished on December 12, 2008 by Davie 44