Catholicism and Intelligence is a collection of essays that
challenge the reader to see God in what-is, in the reality of our world.
Engaging some of the finest minds of the past—Chesterton, Plato,
Augustine, and even Charlie Brown—Schall speaks to the present with
incisive clarity, illustrating how revelation informs and strengthens
the natural light of reason, enabling humanity to see reality most
clearly. Catholicism and Intelligence affirms that a truly Catholic mind is radically and uniquely capable of sifting through competing worldviews.
About the author:
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., is an American Jesuit Catholic priest,
teacher, writer, and philosopher. He is the author of more than thirty
books, including A Line Through the Human Heart, On Islam and The Satisfied Crocodile. Fr. Schall’s essays have appeared in numerous publications, such as Crisis,
Gilbert, Saint Austin Review, The Review of Politics, The Thomist,
Commonweal, New Oxford Review, Homiletic & Pastoral Review, and others. He was ordained a priest in 1963.
About the Living Faith series:
The great Christian Tradition has always affirmed that the world in
which we live is a reflection of its divine source, a place perhaps torn
apart by sin but still charged with busy and bustling creatures
disclosing the beautiful presence of God. The Living Faith series
consists of eminent Catholic authors who seek to help Christians
navigate their way in this world.
“This book is chock full of the wisdom of old age, like a fine wine.
It is a delightful journey of well-ordered ancient truths marching
through the dark forest of non-delightful and disordered modern
falsehoods. It reveals the catastrophic consequences of Protestant,
Islamic, and secular-humanist voluntarisms, which implicitly ‘play God’
by their reversal of the fundamental relationship between the human mind
and objective reality.”
Author of dozens of books, including Handbook of Catholic Apologetics
“There are many books on the relation of faith and reason. Some of
them are trustworthy guides to the subject, some not. What Fr. Schall
has produced here is eminently trustworthy. He gives not only a sound
picture of what it means to be an intelligent Catholic on a vast range
of topics, but with daring and accuracy he identifies the erroneous
paths most likely to lead an intelligent Catholic astray.”
Fr. Joseph W. Koterski, S.J.
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University
Editor-in-Chief, International Philosophical Quarterly
“Fr. James Schall has been described as America’s Chesterton. His
latest book is a collection of his perennial thoughts illustrating both
his literary abilities and his deeply Catholic intellect. This set of
essays showcases what it might mean to place one’s intelligence in the
service of Christ.”
St. John Paul II Chair of Theology,
University of Notre Dame (Australia)