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This book appraches the reality of spiritual engagement in today's challenging world. Novak engages the thought of prominent contemporary atheists Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Daniel Dennett. He describes the struggle to know ourselves and to participate in the life of this world as it plays out for believers and non-believers. Lastly, he defends the Christian worldview by revealing the flaws of secularism.
As Novak states in the Epilogue to this volume, "The main thesis of this book is that atheists and believers in God can and should open civil, reasoned conversations about questions important to each. Who really are we? What may we hope? How ought we to live?"
©2008 Michael Novak (P)2008 St. Anthony Messenger Press
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3 out of 5 stars
By John on 08-21-11

I wish the whole book was about no one seeing God

At the beginning of the book Novak dove right into a subject that is extremely interesting to me, about how no one sees God and about the dark night of the soul (which often last a life-time for some). He wrote about Mother Teresa and how most of her life she only felt God's absence, silence and cold shoulder. In Novak's view, this is the normal Christian life and what mature Christian should expect. Only immature Christians get to experience Christ intimately, basking in his sweet nearness, eventually we grow up and must only feel nothingness, yet are suppose to keep the faith anyways. But as soon as he gives his extreme opinions, he just lets them drop and never goes into any depth or tries to make his perspective persuasive. So yeah, I was hoping the whole book would be centered around the title and subtitle of the book. But really only the first tiny bit of it was. After that the rest of the book is pretty much him going on and on (its a long book) talking about the new fundamentalist atheist and then he sets out his catholic apologetic in response and though some of it was interesting, it began to get really old towards the end. I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author, and sadly I report Novak reads slow and has an irritating voice, making it hard to finish the audiobook.

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5 out of 5 stars
By James Kelly on 12-09-17

Listening to Mr. Novak brings him to life again.

Michael Novak had the gift of understanding our human condition, and he was able to explain it in words and demeanor in a way that the reader/listener is elevated to a level of understanding that which is greater than ourselves.

Mr. Novak was a rare man of courage who fervently sought to understand the mysteries of conscience and human liberty.

Listening to him read his own words offers the reader/listener the opportunity to hear one last lecture of a gifted fellow earthly traveller seeking wisdom and understanding of our human condition.

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