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Why Matter Matters: Philosophical and Scriptural Reflections on the Sacraments Paperback – September 1, 2002
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Dr. Lang holds Ph.D.s in both mathematics AND philosophy and he approaches the subject matter (sic!) through both "secular", logical thinking AND through faith/scripture arguments. The first four chapters on water, wheat flour, grape wine, and olive oil lead the reader in a very informative and interesting, deep discussion - but it were Chapter 5 and 6 on the human "matter" involved in the sacraments of Holy Orders and Matrimony (i.e., genders) that "blew me away". Dr. Lang managed to present a case for objective morality parallelling BUT independent of Scripture, that is, accessible and acceptable to any reader, believer or not. His argumentation on human morality (and the natural role of the genders based on and relating to it) is so clear and deep that I would certainly recommend this book (or at least those chapters) to be required reading in our university's liberal arts/theology core. I am most certainly going to use this reference whenever I touch on Catholic social teaching in my courses. I do not easilly get carried away and enthusiastic to such extent by any single reading - so please forgive me that this time I just had to share the zeal this author has given me!