Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Seeking Meaning & Making Sense

Thanks to Holdingontoahoyos1962 for this...

This is a new book by Prof John Haldane who is one of the finest minds in the Church today. This book apparently explores what it means to be a human today. Haldane, in my own experience does not get confused in Philosophical language and idea's unrelated to our everyday life; he relates to the person on the street living and struggeling and wondering what the purpose of life is itself. It should be well worth a read.

Published by Societas, RRP £8.95.

"Professor Haldane's essays are serious in the way that the great writers of the Scottish Enlightenment were serious. He asks what it means to be human in the twenty-first century, and what ethical obligations our idea of humanity imposes on us. They are provocative in the best, and only useful, sense of the word: inviting the reader to consider and respond to his arguments. Their range is wide, extending from a disquisition on the morality of stem-cell research to a very funny parody of "The Da Vinci Code".
Alan Massie, author The Thistle and the Rose, columnist Spectator, etc.

"This volume provides further evidence that John Haldane is our finest contemporary philosophical journalist. No other recent figure has written as elegantly or as insightfully about the contemporary landscape of ethics, religion and the post-modern search for meaning. And surely no one other than Professor Haldane could use such materials as the Toy Story films and the British pantomime to gently instruct us about such weighty matters as Pope Gregory the Great's revolutionary teaching on religion and representational art."
David Solomon Director, Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame.

John Haldane is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs in the University of St Andrews. He has also held the Royden Davis Chair in Humanities at Georgetown University and has been Stanton Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and Gifford Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. He is a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture. His other publications include Atheism and Theism, with JJC Smart (Blackwell), An Intelligent Persons Guide to Religion (Duckworth), Faithful Reason and Reasonable Faith (Routledge) and The Church and the World (Gracewing)..


holdingonforaHoyos1962 said...

Not to be too anal but I'd prefer to be known as "holdingonFORaHoyos1962". I am anticipating a Cardinal of a similar mould to grace these isles in the years to come as Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and to further the liturgical renaissance begun by Benedict XVI. Love the blog btw!

John Paul said...

If I had a biretta, I'd Nod it!