Reason Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilization (PDF)

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characters Reason Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilization ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Samuel Gregg ô 0 free read free read ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô Samuel Gregg Gregg's book is the closet thing I've encountered in a long time to a one volume user's manual for operating Western Civilization  The Stream Reason Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilization offers a concise intellectual history of the West through the prism of the relationship between faith and reason Free Beacon The genius of Western civilization is its uniue synthesis of reason and faith But today that synthesis is under attack from the East by radical Islam faith without reason and from within the West itself by aggressive secularism reason without faith The stakes are incalculably high The naïve and increasingly common assumption tha. Excellent account of the role and importance of faith and reason in the making of Western civilisation the notions of individual freedom and the dangers of relying only on faith or only on reason Concise and interesting Excellent audio book

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characters Reason Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilization ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Samuel Gregg ô 0 free read free read ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô Samuel Gregg G dissent as bigoted and irrational and devouring the humane civilization fostered by the integration of reason and faith The blood soaked history of the twentieth century attests to the totalitarian forces unleashed by corrupted reason But Samuel Gregg does than lament the intellectual and spiritual ruin caused by the divorce of reason and faith He shows that each of these foundational principles corrects the other’s excesses and enhances our comprehension of the truth in a continuous renewal of civilization By recovering this balance we can avoid a suicidal winner take all conflict between reason and faith and a future that will respect neithe. Reason Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilization by Samuel GreggPlease give my review a helpful vote Reason Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilization by Samuel GreggThis is a well written well informed and erudite survey of Western intellectual historyAuthor Samuel Gregg starts with Pope Benedict s Regensberg Address and its observation that Christianity was based on the theological principle that God was Reason in contradistinction to Islam which conceived of God as Will Gregg then follows up Christianity s definition of God as Logos and subseuent Christian intellectual history from Augustine through the modern era This thinking was responsible for notions of freedom of choice reason and constitutionalismGregg also follows Pope Benedict s diagnosis of pathologies of faith and pathologies of reason These pathologies include Prometheanism the idea that man can be recreated by changing society relativism nihilism Nietzscheanism and Scientism all of which totalize science at the expense of faith Gregg follows Pope John Paul II s observation that both science and faith are necessary that mere faith reduces to superstition whereas mere science removes the goal or content for which science existsGregg s book is erudite The reader is introduced to writers ideas and concepts that are old friends if he has an acuaintanceship with the literature of Western ideas but for those who don t this is a good entry pointFor myself I appreciated Gregg s linkage of Justice Kennedy s sweet mystery of life passage in Planned Parenthood v Casey to the philosophy of Nietzsche I have often wanted to turn the tables on another Supreme Court decision with the aphorism that while the Constitution does not incorporate Mr Spencer s Social Statics it seems that it does incorporate Nietsche s Beyond Good and EvilThis is an intelligent mind stretching discussion on the connection between faith and reason in the West where the West has gone wrong and what might be done to correct the problems It is worth the time spent

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characters Reason Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilization ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Samuel Gregg ô 0 free read free read ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô Samuel Gregg T reason and faith are incompatible is simply at odds with the facts of history The revelation in the Hebrew Scriptures of a reasonable Creator imbued Judaism and Christianity with a conviction that the world is intelligible leading to the flowering of reason and the invention of science in the West It was no accident that the Enlightenment took place in the culture formed by the Jewish and Christian faiths We can all see that faith without reason is benighted at best fanatical and violent at worst But too many forget that reason stripped of faith is subject to its own pathologies A supposedly autonomous reason easily sinks into fanaticism stiflin. A month or two ago I came across Samuel Gregg s book while perusing items at Actonorg and the title caught my eye In my personal efforts to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ 2 Cor 105 I ve freuently felt that I don t yet have an adeuate understanding of the relationship between faith and reason and by extension the relationship between the sciences and ScriptureThe book didn t take me where I hoped to go on that topic It did however provide an interesting and enjoyable survey of the history of Western thought and one of the better interpretations of the role of reason and Christianity in Western thoughtSamuel Gregg is the director of research at the Acton Institute and has degrees in philosophy from the University of Melbourne MA and Oxford PhD Though he has written a pile of books mostly on economics his focus in this volume is history focused than I expected Though the hardcover edition has 256 pages I also felt that it ended at just about the point where there should have been several chapters on various views of the relationship between faith and reason and analysis of supporting arguments as well as consideration of potential strategies for preserving what remains of Western CivilizationChapters six and seven do address these topics and they aren t a bad start but I was hoping for a deeper and comprehensive explorationGregg s writing is highly readable and sometimes strikingly synthesis dense That is he sometimes connects uite a lot of dots ideas persons themes in Western history in a few relatively short sentences The writing flows with an apparent ease that suggests he has deeply absorbed this information either that or he has an extraordinary note taking and accessing systemI have to respect that The argument The preface frames the book s purpose and identifies the central thesis References in this review are Kindle location numbers and are somewhat approximate I hope however that this book shows that the far greater bloodshed of the twentieth century s darkest decades carried out at the behest of ideologies that hardly need to be named owed much to what I call after Joseph Ratzinger pathologies of reason and faith Fortunately there is to this story than the ways in which Western societies become unmoored whenever reason and faith drift away from each other One argument of this book is that not only can reason and faith correct each other s excesses but they can also enhance each other s comprehension of the truth continually renewing Western civilization 67 Gregg returns to the concept of pathologies of reason and pathologies of faith throughout the book and further develops the idea that faith and reason need each other in order to avoid these pathologiesIn the preface Gregg also acknowledges the book s reliance on the thought of Joseph Ratzinger and John Finnis 78Chapter one uses Joseph Ratzinger s aka the retired Pope Benedict XVI s 2006 speech Faith Reason and the University Memories and Reflections as the backdrop for and much of the substance of a discussion on what Western Civilization isIt s also here that we first see Gregg s interest in Islam and his view with Ratzinger that Islam s belief system is deeply anti Western largely because it s anti Reason 112This is a perspective on Islam I hadn t previously considered and though it seems tangential to the uestion of how faith and reason ought to relate it does provide some context for exploring that uestion Is God a reasonable Deity This uestion matters not least because one alternative to a Deity who embodies reason is a Deity who is pure will operating beyond reason uoting the French scholar of Islam Roger Arnaldez Benedict noted in his Regensburg lecture that such a God is not bound even by his own word He could even command us to practice idolatry 125 Gregg considers several ways to define what makes a culture Western highlighting the roles of freedom from coercion and freedom of thought and their relationship to a high view of truth and reason He insists that the synthesis of these ideals with Christian belief is essential to understanding the West This strong attachment to reason however does not by itself account for the distinctive character of the West Without the Christian and Jewish religions there is no Ambrose Benedict Auinas Maimonides Hildegard of Bingen Isaac Abravanel Thomas More Elizabeth of Hungary John Calvin Ignatius of Loyola Hugo Grotius John Witherspoon William Wilberforce S ren Kierkegaard Fyodor Dostoyevsky C S Lewis Edith Stein Elizabeth Anscombe Reformation Oxford University Caravaggio s Calling of Saint Matthew Bach s Saint John Passion Dante s Divine Comedy Pascal s Pens es Hagia Sophia Mont Saint Michel or Rome s Great Synagogue Absent the vision of God articulated first by Judaism and then infused into the West s marrow by Christianity it s harder to imagine developments like the delegitimization of slavery or the de deification of the state and the natural world 229 The chapter also includes a discussion of what went wrong in Western Civilization 242 with explanation of the concept of pathologies of faith and pathologies of reason 301 The latter challenges some widely held beliefs about Enlightenment thought a task he revisits later in the book As we shall see in subseuent chapters the Enlightenment was much complicated and far less monolithic than is often realized It wasn t a single episode a set of accomplishments or even the discovery of a single way forward Nor was it anywhere nearly as antireligious as is sometimes supposed The book identifies the late Enlightenment movement toward separating faith and reason limiting religion to the realm of the purely subjective as the primary culprit in the decline of Western thought especially 335ff Highlights For me highlights from chapters two through seven include the following Three Christian ideas that strongly influenced the West 640 687 God s rational nature a natural law that all men can discern and human freedom as the power to choose the good and the true Isaac Newton s use of pantokrator something like Ruler of All 835 Discussion of the nature of Deism 835ff Though Deism was on the rise during Newton s lifetime most men of science still shared his non deistic understanding of God s nature Kepler for instance was a deeply religious Lutheran who believed that the Creator s plan for his world was knowable through reason and revelation 861 Scientism s self refuting premise 1175 and its contradictory exaltation of reason while also depreciating reason s role in distinguishing right from wrong 1210 J S Mill s contribution to the decline of Western thought 1400 A differently nuanced analysis of Nietzsche than I have previously read 1441ff Discussion of the problem of Fideism using a different definition than I ve seen elsewhere belief in the incapacity of the intellect to attain to knowledge of divine matters and an excessive emphasis on faith 1654 Gregg is uoting from the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Faith The claim that Islam s view of God as irrational is to blame for religiously motivated terrorism interesting but he does not prove it 1833 There are probably faiths that hold to irrational deities or uasi deities and yet generally embrace peace eg perhaps Buddhism and Confucianism Two major Enlightenment forks and a link between the US Founding Fathers and the concept of natural law Benedict XVI affirmed a crucial distinction between the two great revolutions of the Enlightenment the French and the American and before becoming pope he had argued that the latter proved open to Christianity s integration of reason and faith He described the Anglo Saxon trend which is inclined to natural law and tends towards constitutional democracy as superior to the project associated with Rousseau which ultimately aims at complete freedom from any rule 2274 Though it isn t comprehensive Gregg s book is an important contribution to understanding Western thought in an age where misunderstanding and simple ignorance seem to be on the rise I hope to read the book again before too long and I recommend it to anyone who wants to better understand where the West once was intellectually as well as where it is now and how it got here


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    free read ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô Samuel Gregg Samuel Gregg ô 0 free read Reason Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilization (PDF) Well researched but I can't help notice that every time a book makes arguments in favor of religion driving the morality of the West we take a s

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    Samuel Gregg ô 0 free read free read ç PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô Samuel Gregg Reason Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilization (PDF) The author pins the Western civilization's particular balancing of reason and faith at its Christian rootAccording to him the faith above anything characterizes Jewish theological pursuits God is ultimately free and creativ

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  • Hardcover
  • 256
  • Reason Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilization
  • Samuel Gregg
  • English
  • 27 January 2020
  • 9781621578024