This is a most interesting book, written by a Dr Kevin Vost, power-lifter and psychologist, who discusses various "Supermen" hero/heroine figures during different phases of his life - philosophers (both ancients and moderns, and atheists and believers), psychologists, Christian apologists and even a Pope - as he encountered them and explored their writings, thereby charting his progress from the position of atheism that he maintained in his late teens to re-conversion to the Catholic faith in his early 40s. I was introduced to his work via an interview I read in the UK's top Catholic newspaper, the Catholic Herald, and felt intrigued to discover more about Dr Vost. His style of writing is very lucid, and his warm-hearted personality shines through in the text, which makes the book all the more fascinating to read. He successfully offers a neatly argued rebuttal to the flawed and narrow-minded ruminations of the New atheists, especially Professor Richard Dawkins, in one of the chapters. The latter chapters pay homage to the thinking of GK Chesterton and CS Lewis, two men whom I also admire greatly, before he culminates in an admirable appraisal of Blessed Pope John Paul II's penultimate and majestic Encyclical "Fides et Ratio" (Faith and Reason). His writing is conducive to encouraging the casual reader to want to learn more about the personalities featured in his book; helpfully, each chapter concludes with a "truth box", where Dr Vost invites his readers to cogitate on the main themes explored therein and encourages them to think a little further themselves about the issues that have been under discussion. All in all, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in these types of philosophical issues and is curious to hear a defense offered for the reasonableness of the Catholic Faith.
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This is the latest book by Dr. Kevin Vost that I have read. With each of the previous I have felt I came to know the author by his self-revelation in and through his writings. In this latest book it is even far more so. For Dr. Vost takes us with him through a journey of philosophy and through the humanities that once lead him away from God and the Church but then became tools that helped him to return to the church.
The Sections in the book Are:
Foreword: God Bless the Atheists Introduction: Neither Bird, nor Plane, but Superman!
PART I: GOD IS DEAD? 1. Friedrich Nietzsche's Superman 2. The Lord and Lord Bertrand Russell 3. Albert Ellis: Reason, Emotion, Psychotherapy, and Jehovah 4. Aristotle Shrugged: Ayn Rand and the Intellectual Soul 5. Darwin and Dawkins: Genes, Memes, and "Me's"
PART II: SIGNS OF LIFE 6. Alfred Adler and the Fictive Goal of God 7. Stoic Strivings: The Slave, The Lawyer, The Emperor, and God 8. Mortimer Adler and the God of the Philosophers
PART III: CHRIST HAS RISEN FROM HIS TOMB! 9. St. Thomas Aquinas: The Angelic Doctor Effects a Cure 10. C. S Lewis: God Save the Queen 11. G. K. Chesterton: What Could Be Right With the World 12. Pope John Paul II: Faith and Reason, Body and Soul
Conclusion: The Real Super Man Afterword: An Ode to the Real Super Man
By taking us on a whirlwind tour through those topics, Vost helps us to experience his own spiritual journey and some of it may mirror our own or people we know. Then by using him as an example, we will also develop the tools to argue and refute the claims of the secular humanist, and those we know who have slid away from the church and its teachings. This was not an easy book to read; philosophy is not my strong suit. But Vost presents it in such a way that almost any layman can approach the topics with confidence and faith in their interpretation. The book is well written and easily engages the reader. The personal nature of the writing makes topics that would normally be inaccessible to some readers much more accessible. It is very well written. Thank you Dr. Vost for another great tool to help us in our spiritual development. His other books also help to strengthen us in either Body, Mind or Spirit.
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