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The Catholic Mind,
This review is from: The Mind That Is Catholic: Philosophical and Political Essays (Paperback)
The Mind that is Catholic is a remarkable book! If one has the idea that the Catholic mind is a an option, one of many possibilities, he has it just backwards. The Catholic mind is the universal mind that encompasses all schools of thought in so far as they are correct. Error lies outside the Mind that is Catholic.
Fr. Schall, like very few other modern authors, has a gift for making very intellectually challenging ideas accessible without resorting to pedantry. In true gentlemanly fashion, this author shares his mind with us and this is no small thing. The decades of contemplation of the Good the True and the Beautiful and the True nature of our existence spring off the page with a liberality unseen today in academia. Father Schall gifts us with his unusually deep, wide and well cultivated intellect having been oriented toward the source for a gloriously long time in these short days.
This excellent book stands outside the postmodern zeitgeist. Fr. Schall's essays are grounded in permanent things, in the real meaning of human existence. He covers the areas most important for us to orient ourselves to the City of God.
A small warning: Fr. Schall is a good man who directs us to many other good men. Reading a book by the good Father, if read correctly, will surely lead to an increase in your personal library and may precipitate, as is the case with Another Sort of Learning, a small economic crisis in the home when the mind that is alight will go to great measures to secure the tomes(referenced and recommended) and required storage space.
A second small warning: If you are one who is possessed by the zeitgeist, has been taken in by the new and falsely placed virtues of tolerance, multiculturalism, egalitarianism, or feminism, this book will chaff like sandpaper on your face.
If you are seeking the Truth and would like to understand the Catholic Mind better, this book is a wonderful collection of excellent essays. This cannot be too highly recommended.
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Initial post: Sep 27, 2011 9:27:57 PM PDT
Peter P. Fuchs says:
In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 7:13:06 PM PDT
Daniel Mahoney says:
I do not believe the original poster has any familiarity with the example set by Jesus Christ's life. Unbelieveable!!
In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 12:56:39 PM PDT
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Daniel, I am not sure to whom you are referring, but the book The Mind that is Catholic is about the Catholic Mind that is informed by the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and corroborated by the law written on our hearts. It would be foolish to say that we can know Jesus Christ by our intellects alone when assent of our wills is a requirement in addition to the sound use of our intellects. We cannot love what we do not know.
To say I know almost nothing of Jesus would be technically accurate, but the miniscule amount I do know informs my entire life and anything that lies outside that informing by Christ is to my detriment. To claim it is "unbelievable" would suggest that you yourself know Christ or are aware of those who do. If that is the case, congratulations are in order. It is my most heartfelt prayer that you and all men know Christ. As for myself, I am not worthy to speak on His behalf, but perhaps I can comment on The Mind that is Catholic. Pax Christi tecum.
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