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Friday, May 07, 2010



I'll second Fr. L's review. Fr. Crean's book is one of my favorite purchases over the last two years. He systematically deconstructs Dawkin's views with simple reason and laser-like logic. It is not too much to say that Crean makes Dawkins seem a fool, or at least a very uninformed person regarding the specific subjects covered.

A clumsy analogy:

Picture a giant, noisy, light-filled, cloud-monster (like in LOST but bigger and stable). This thing gets more and more attention and fright from increasing amounts of people. Camera crews and journalists from all over the world come to witness it's fury, as do millions of regular folk.

Across the street from the cloud monster lives this humble man who preaches, reads and studies. He occassionally talks to people about the cloud monster but mostly just goes about his business, not worried about it at all. But then the cloud monster just gets so loud and annoying and people are getting very bothered by it. So this man puts his book down, grabs a high-powered fan and walks across the street.

He puts the fan on 'high' and all the smoke just blows away, revealing several wooden structures with lights and noisemakers strung throughout. In the middle of it all is one regular man. This man is angry at being exposed and flashes the lights and turns up the volume, but the man from across the street just calmly and systematically goes to each wooden structure and pulls out one, two, three pieces as he calmly explains each structure to the watching crowd. As he does so, each structure falls harmlessly to the ground. And as each structure crumbles he calmly walks to the next and the next...

When he's finished he simply walks back across the street, brews some tea and opens a book.


And by the way...

As long as we're talking about great and underappreciated Ignatius Press books, if I can convince even one single person to buy The Shadow of His Wings: The True Story of Fr. Gereon Goldmann I will be very, very happy.

What an incredible and powerful true story that is! You won't believe how exciting and inspiring it is. Please check it out(and the Fr Crean one)--you will thank me later and will surely pass the word on to others.

Brian J. Schuettler

God needs more friends (Θεοφιλος) like Michael O'Brien. He has done it again with the help of the Holy Spirit, using a totally different venue and some excellent insights and portrayals into ancient mysteries. If the secular book culture were really interested in talent and skill with a phrase Theophilos would be on the Times Best Seller List. Magnificent!


Fr. Crean's book is great to read in tandem with David B. Hart's Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and its Fashionable Enemies.

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