Academic journal article Theological Studies

A Certain Faith: Analogy of Being and the Affirmation of Belief

Academic journal article Theological Studies

A Certain Faith: Analogy of Being and the Affirmation of Belief

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A CERTAIN FAITH: ANALOGY OF BEING AND THE AFFIRMATION OF BELIEF. By Barry R. Pearlman. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2012. Pp. v + 242. $70.

This is a book of contemporary apologetics aimed at a general audience. Barry Pearlman, Catholic convert, independent scholar, and former lecturer in the social sciences, who has written previously on Fatima, defends the reasonableness of Christian belief while criticizing Kantian epistemology and its postmodern progeny moral relativism. P. targets "a state of decadence, which began when the (so called) Enlightenment ironically extinguished the light of reason [abandoning] the classic concept of being in its formal or substantial sense," which resulted in a divorce between thought and virtue (180). P. offers the analogy of being as the key to an integrated understanding of reality, certain knowledge of God, and the moral fife. Faith, of course, is a further, supernatural gift granting a certainty born from the inner experience of Christ's presence (170). Certitude is crucial for P. because the courage of the saints issues from an unwavering faith that leads through purgation and illumination to the friendship and union with Christ that bears sufferings in imitation of the cross. …

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