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This review is from: The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism (Hardcover)
The Last Superstition offers an answer to modern atheism (which might more properly be called "anti-theism".) That answer is a return to the metaphysics of Aristotle as developed by Aquinas. But wasn't all of that refuted? No, it was NEVER refuted, only abandoned. But wasn't it made obsolete by newer developments? No, those "developments" involved, and still involve, attempts to find answers that don't depend on Aristotle's methods. Why then were the foundations of Aristotle and Aquinas abandoned after two thousand years of development and refinement? Because they were, and are, difficult. Because they are so thoroughly worked out that it is hard to do "original work." And mostly because they have implications that are inconvenient.
Finding a simpler and easier way to the truth would be a good thing, just as being able to replace differential equations with simple algebra is a good thing when it can be done. But so far the attempts at simplification have largely failed. They get different results, and either they must be false or Aristotle and Aquinas are false and at most one of the Moderns is true. Given the rigor in both Aristotle and Aquinas, I'm inclined to bet on them.
Feser takes some very difficult ideas and sketches them out in a way that will be accessible to most people. But the sketches are necessarily incomplete in many cases. This book will not convince people who are hostile to the ideas unless they are unsparingly honest. And too often he voices his frustration and disgust with the Moderns and the directions they take, and the direction that modern society is taking.
Faults notwithstanding, The Last Superstition explains the split between the Old Philosphy and the New, and makes a strong case that the Old is right after all. And if it is, all of the arguments of the modern anti-theists are wasted on strawmen. The real arguments have not been and cannot be refuted by their ideas, which do not even rise to the dignity of error.
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