This book provides a detailed, updated exposition and defense of five of the historically most important (but in recent years largely neglected) philosophical proofs of God’s existence: the Aristotelian, the Neo-Platonic, the Augustinian, the Thomistic, and the Rationalist.
It also offers a thorough treatment of each of the key divine attributes—unity, simplicity, eternity, omnipotence, omniscience, perfect goodness, and so forth—showing that they must be possessed by the God whose existence is demonstrated by the proofs. Finally, it answers at length all of the objections that have been leveled against these proofs.
This work provides as ambitious and complete a defense of traditional natural theology as is currently in print. Its aim is to vindicate the view of the greatest philosophers of the past— thinkers like Aristotle, Plotinus, Augustine, Aquinas, Leibniz, and many others— that the existence of God can be established with certainty by way of purely rational arguments. It thereby serves as a refutation both of atheism and of the fideism that gives aid and comfort to atheism.
Published By: Ignatius Press
"A watershed book. Feser has completely severed the intellectual legs upon which modern atheism had hoped to stand."
— Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
"A powerful and important book. The concluding chapter, where Feser replies to possible objections to his arguments, is a gem; it alone is worth the price of this excellent work."
— Stephen T. Davis, Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College
"Edward Feser is widely recognized as a top scholar in the history of philosophy in general, and in Thomistic and Aristotelian philosophy in particular. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in natural theology. I happily and highly recommend it."
— J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University
"Refutes with devastating effect the standard objections to theistic proofs, from David Hume to the New Atheists."
— Robert C. Koons, Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin
"Yet another fine book by Edward Feser. He replies to (literally) all of the objections and shows convincingly how the most popular objections (the kind one hears in Introduction to Philosophy courses) are very often completely beside the point and, even when they're not, are 'staggeringly feeble and overrated'."
— Alfred J. Freddoso, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
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En esta plática, Marcela López presenta el tema del Genio Femenino como lo describe el Santo Papa San Juan Pablo II y al mismo tiempo lo hace de una manera muy ligera y amena. Es una plática para todas las mujeres de cualquier edad invitándonos a reflexionar en nuestro invaluable valor como hijas de Dios.
Marcela, actualmente lleva un ministerio con mujeres jóvenes difundiendo este mensaje y ayudándoles a vivir en mayor plenitud el amor de Dios.
English Translation: Your Divine Gift: Feminine Genius
In this talk, Marcela presents the theme of Feminine Genius as described by our Holy Pope, St. John Paul II and at the same time she does so in a very endearing and delightful way. It is a talk for all women of every age inviting us to reflect on our immeasurable value as daughters of God.
Marcela currently leads a ministry with young women spreading this message and helping them to live more fully the love of God.
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Recent popes have challenge all Catholics to participate in the New Evangelization. But most Catholics feel ill-equipped to take up the challenge. Terry Barber, founder of St. Joseph Communications, has written a practical guide that takes much of the pain and uncertainty out of sharing one's faith. Based on Barber's decades of personal experience as an effective evangelist and masterful communicator, and drawing on the perceptions, examples, and lessons of other great evangelists and apologist, How To Share Your Faith With Anyone informs, entertains, and inspires would-be, as well as, seasoned evangelists and teachers.
When you hear the word “addiction”, what typically comes to mind? Needles? Alcohol? Pills? As Jim Owens, MA, LPC explains, addiction is much simpler, including everything from substances to technology, screen time, work, shopping, and even sugar. Addictions and distractions are used to manage pain—but in the process, end up damaging our brains, our relationships, and our ability to find lasting happiness. Jim gives scientific evidence and practical advice for overcoming wounds, to help hurt people become healed people.
At the conclusion of this talk, you will also be able to hear a bonus sample of the CD: Know Your Story: The Love God in the Narrative of Your Life by Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT.
Why would an all-powerful, all-loving God allow suffering and evil in the world? As Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D. explains, unsatisfying answers to this important question are the #1 reason for atheism today. But by answering this question with logic and love (as well as with scientific, peer-reviewed evidence for the existence of life after death), we can not only answer this question truthfully and satisfactorily, but also teach our fellow Christians how to suffer well, in preparation for the limitless love of God that awaits us in eternity.
This talk was recorded by FOCUS, at SEEK 2013. focus.org
Throughout the Church's history there has been crisis and confusion over Church teaching. Today, there is crisis and confusion surrounding the Sacrament of Marriage. As Augustine Institute President and Professor Dr. Tim Gray explains, this crisis presents an immense opportunity, as it encourages us to explore and discover the depth of this mystery, described by Pope Benedict XVI as "a Gospel in itself". When lived faithfully and well, marriage serves as a bold witness to the love and saving power of God.
Chris Stefanick es un reconocido autor y conferencista internacional, dedicado a inspirar a las personas a vivir una fe viva y contagiosa. En esta charla, aborda el tema del Relativismo con honestidad, validez lógica y con el humor que lo caracteriza. Ofreciéndonos con esto una perspectiva del estatus de la moralidad actual. Definitivamente es un tema importante y polémico, incluso el Papa Benedicto XVI ha afirmado que es el problema más grave y la dictadura más peligrosa que vivimos en la actualidad.
Chris Stefanick is a renowned international author and lecturer, dedicated to inspiring people to live a lively and contagious faith. In this talk, he addresses the issue of Relativism with honesty, logical validity and with the humor that characterizes it. He offers us a true perspective of the status of current morality. It is definitely an important and controversial issue, as even Pope Benedict XVI has affirmed that it is the most serious of problems and the most dangerous dictatorship that we live in today. This talk is also available in English.
Evan Lemoine, conferencista reconocido internacionalmente por sus charlas de teología del cuerpo, noviazgo y matrimonio. Nos habla en esta charla a cerca de que todo deseo en nuestros corazones viene de Dios y nos lleva hacia Él y nos explica por qué
muchos se han torcido en el camino. Aclarándonos estas dos principales preguntas: ¿Cuál fue la causa de esta confusión? y ¿Cómo distinguir entre los deseos nobles y los deseos torcidos?
English Translation: The Disorientation of Desire
Internationally renowned speaker Evan Lemoine is well known for his talks on Theology of the Body, courtship, and marriage. In this talk he speaks to us about how every desire of our heart comes from God and leads us back to Him. Evan then explains why many desires get twisted along the way and helps to clarify these two main questions: “What was the cause of this confusion?” and, “How do I distinguish between noble desires and misaligned desires?”
Advent, the season in which we prepare for Christmas, is a penitential season. One of the key acts of penance that the Church recommends is almsgiving. But why? Citing the Old and New Testaments, the Catechism, and his own engaging personal stories, professor and author Dr. Michael Barber explains the “inner logic” of almsgiving, and how this often-misunderstood aspect of our faith is a critically important good work, related to our own unmerited redemption in Jesus Christ.