Why Be An Atheist If??? by Sebastian Mahfood and Ronda Chervin

Why Be An Atheist If??? by Sebastian Mahfood and Ronda Chervin

Why Be An Atheist If???

by Sebastian Mahfood and Ronda Chervin

  • Who is an atheist? A person who is convinced that there is no God.
  • Who is an agnostic? A person who thinks there is no way to know if there is a God or there is not a God.
  • Who is a doubter? Usually a person raised to think there is a God who is not sure if that is true.
  • Who is a seeker? A person who is open to belief in any reality that others present as truly real.
  • Who is a theist? A person who is convinced that there is a God.

Why Be An Atheist If??? is an adaptation of Catholic Realism put together primarily for atheists but also offering many answers for agnostics, doubters, and seekers. 

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TESTIMONIALS

TBA

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Ronda Chervin has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Fordham University and an M.A. in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. She is a convert to the Catholic faith from a Jewish but atheistic background. She has been a professor at Loyola Marymount University, St. John’s Seminary of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Our Lady of Corpus Christi, and Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Connecticut. More than seventy books of hers have been published by Catholic presses in the area of philosophy and spirituality. Dr. Ronda presents on EWTN and Catholic radio. She is a dedicated widow and grandmother. Her many books include Quotable Saints, Seeking Christ in the Crosses & Joys of AgingCatholic Realism and Voyage to Insight.

Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, is a Lay Dominican of the Queen of the Holy Rosary chapter in the Province of St. Albert the Great. Dr. Mahfood holds a master’s in comparative literature from the University of Texas at Arlington, a master’s in philosophy and a master’s in theology from Holy Apostles College & Seminary, a master’s in educational technology from Webster University and a doctorate in postcolonial literature and theory from Saint Louis University. His many other books include Catholic Realism, Among the Marvelous Things, Missionary Priests in the Homeland, The Narrative Spirituality of Dante’s Divine Comedy, and Radical Eschatologies

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TESTIMONIALS

“Gerard Verschuuren has written an accessible and enjoyable introduction on the nature of the scientific project, the origins of its successes and limitations, and its fundamentally positive relationship with religion.” —Karin Oberg, Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, Leader of the Öberg Astrochemistry Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

“This book is an excellent introduction to the philosophy of science. As a scientist, Verschuuren has an excellent capacity to describe science’s basic methods as well as its limits. The book also shows how philosophy and religion are actually useful in keeping science a grounded discipline. Religion, and philosophy, especially in the Judeo-Christian tradition, actually make science possible in ways that might surprise many scientists. Find out yourself.” —Fr. Jeffrey Langan, PhD, PhD, Senior Fellow of the Principium Institute, Priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Gerard M. Verschuuren is a human geneticist who also earned a doctorate in the philosophy of science. He studied and worked at universities in Europe and the United States. Currently semi-retired, he spends most of his time as a writer, speaker, and consultant on the interface of science and religion, faith and reason.

More information about his life and works may be found on his Wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_Verschuuren

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60 Catholics Who Changed the World

by Gerard M. Verschuuren

The Catholic Church has a longstanding and outstanding tradition that makes for a powerful source of innovations for the world. The sixty Catholics mentioned in this book testify to it. Each one of them made a significant contribution that we can, and do, benefit from every day.

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1. ALBERT THE GREAT: SCIENCE & RELIGION
2. ALCUIN OF YORK: SCHOOLS
3. ANGELICA, MARY: MASS COMMUNICATION
4. ANSELM OF CANTERBURY: SLAVERY
5. ATHANASIUS OF ALEXANDRIA: ONE GOD
6. BARAT, MADELEINE-SOPHIE: EDUCATION OF WOMEN
7. BEDE THE VENERABLE: HISTORY
8. BELLARMINE, ROBERT: HUMAN RIGHTS
9. BENEDICT OF NURSIA: HOSPITALS
10. BOSCO, GIOVANNI: URBANIZATION
11. BRANDSMA, TITUS: FREEDOM OF PRESS
12. CAFASSO, JOSEPH: PRISONS
13. CAMILLUS DE LELLIS: RED CROSS
14. CANISIUS, PETER: THE CATECHISM
15. CARREL, ALEXIS: MIRACLES
16. CATHERINE OF SIENA: FEMINISM
17. CHESTERTON, G. K.: COMMON SENSE
18. CLAVER, PETER: SLAVE TRADE
19. CONSTANTINE THE GREAT: A BREAKTHROUGH
20. COPERNICUS, NICOLAUS: HELIOCENTRISM
21. CYRIL AND METHODIUS: THE VERNACULAR
22. DAMIEN DE VEUSTER: LEPROSY
23. DAY, DOROTHY: SOCIAL JUSTICE
24. DOWLING, EDWARD: ADDICTIONS
25. DREXEL, KATHARINE: HUMAN DIVERSITY
26. DUHEM, PIERRE: SCIENCE ROOTS
27. FRANCIS OF ASSISI: MOTHER EARTH
28. FRANCIS XAVIER: MISSIONARIES
29. GONZALEZ, ROQUE: JESUIT REDUCTIONS
30. GREENE, GRAHAM: NOVELS

31. GREGORY THE GREAT: PAPAL AUTHORITY
32. GREGORY VII: CHURCH AND STATE
33. GREGORY XIII: GREGORIAN CALENDAR
34. GUTENBERG, JOHANNES: PRINTING PRESS
35. HIERONYMUS, EUSEBIUS: THE BIBLE
36. HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: USING TALENTS
37. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH: CATHOLIC OR CHRISTIAN?
38. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA: GOD’S SOLDIERS
39. ISIDORE OF SEVILLE: SCHOOLING
40. JOHN PAUL II: COMMUNISM 164
41. JUSTIN THE MARTYR: FAITH AND REASON
42. LANDSTEINER, KARL: BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS
43. LEMAÎTRE, GEORGES: BIG BANG
44. LEO XIII: SOCIAL TEACHING
45. LEWIS, C.S.: APOLOGETICS
46. MARITAIN, JACQUES: HUMAN RIGHTS
47. MCCORVEY, NORMA: ABORTION
48. MCLUHAN, MARSHALL: SOCIAL MEDIA
49. MENDEL, GREGOR: GENETICS
50. MORE, THOMAS: RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
51. PASTEUR, LOUIS: MICRO-ORGANISMS
52. PAUL OF TARSUS: APOSTLE WITHOUT BORDERS
53. PAUL VI: SEXUAL REVOLUTION
54. PIUS XII: NOT HITLER’S POPE
55. RYAN, JOHN AUGUSTAN: MINIMUM WAGE
56. SCHUMACHER, E.F.: SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
57. SEMMELWEIS, IGNAZ: WASHING HANDS
58. SERRA, JUNÍPERO: ONE HUMAN RACE
59. TERESA OF CALCUTTA: WHO ARE THE POOREST?
60. THOMAS AQUINAS: NO DOUBLE TRUTH

TESTIMONIALS

“Taken from various times and places, we have here specifically Catholics who, in their works and lives, have improved the world in one way or another. Many good things need to be invented, begun, organized, or planned. We have here a welcome reflection on who such people are and what they did because of their Catholic outlook on the world.” — Fr.  James V. Schall, S.J. (1928-2019), who was a Professor at Georgetown University.

“These 60 Catholics truly did change the world for the better, and any Catholic can at the least change his or her world for the better. May these 60 give you inspiration in your own life–I know they have in mine!” — Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, co-author with Bishop Richard Henning of Missionary Priests in the Homeland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Gerard M. Verschuuren is a human geneticist who also earned a doctorate in the philosophy of science. He studied and worked at universities in Europe and the United States. Currently semi-retired, he spends most of his time as a writer, speaker, and consultant on the interface of science and religion, faith and reason.

More information about his life and works may be found on his Wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_Verschuuren

A review of Aquinas and Modern Science: A New Synthesis of Faith and Reason, by Gerard M. Verschuuren, has appeared in Volume 57, Issue 4 (December 2017) of the International Philosophical Quarterlyi>, and The Pluralist Game.

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TESTIMONIALS

“I have known the author now for approximately 15 years and have truly been blessed to have the honor of knowing him. His previous book A Story of Our God and Our Catholic Religion was both uplifting and inspirational. Please continue to allow us to enjoy your wisdom!!” – Barron Fitz-Gerald

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“The writings on the pages of Observations of Catholic Faith are a personal guide to help us realize we are God’s creation on earth and we are not here by accident. Our purpose in life is to accomplish the will of the Lord and go to Heaven for eternity with God. Start here . . .”  – Steve Loder

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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TESTIMONIALS

“Ronda Chervin has not only done masterful work preparing for publication the stories of over two dozen Catholics who have held true to their faith in the face of adversity and doubt, but she’s also created a stellar interview series for WCAT Radio which allows the readers to hear the stories of each contributor in his or her own voice. See https://wcatradio.com/whyiamstillcatholic/ (or simply click on the play buttons below) for more!” — Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, contributor and co-author with Ronda Chervin of Catholic Realism: A Framework for the Refutation of Atheism and the Evangelization of Atheists

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ronda Chervin has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Fordham University and an M.A. in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. She is a convert to the Catholic faith from a Jewish but atheistic background. She has been a professor at Loyola Marymount University, St. John’s Seminary of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Our Lady of Corpus Christi, and presently teaches at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Connecticut. More than fifty books of hers have been published by Catholic presses in the area of philosophy and spirituality. Dr. Ronda presents on EWTN and Catholic radio. She is a dedicated widow and grandmother. Her many books include Quotable SaintsHealing Meditations from the Gospel of St. JohnCatholic Realism and Voyage to Insight.

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by Matthew D’Antuono

Aristotle began his great study on causes, which he called Metaphysics, with a simple connection to physics: “All men by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses.” High school physics teacher Matt D’Antuono makes a similar connection in his own teaching. While discussing the nature of science with his physics students, Matt pointed out that their topic of conversation was technically not science any more. Instead, when they were talking about the nature of science, they were doing philosophy. The students then wanted Matt to teach them some philosophy, and Philosophy Fridays became a classroom tradition. Everyone will find within this book the kind of practical wisdom that enlightens and engages the young mind in the act of contemplating all the wonders of our world, both physical and metaphysical.

Paperback: $14.99 | Kindle: $9.99

REVIEWS

Pravin Thevathasan, Review, Christendom-Awake. [Coming soon.]

Lauren Lester, Review, Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology, Winter 2020 Bulletin, Vol. 51, 1, pp. 5-6

TESTIMONIALS

“Philosophy is like language in two related ways: it is the expression of an innate and universal curiosity, and it is best learned when we are young. Most philosophers are too busy, or too proud, to write for teenagers, but not Mr. D’Antuono. These dialogs are obviously real, not imagined, as will be clear from anyone with experience with that age group, and it will cause significant increases in both thinking and smiling on both sides of the teaching desk.” – Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College

“Our culture is philosophically malnourished.  Not only do many young people lack coherent answers to the great questions of life, they haven’t even asked the questions. A soft nihilism is all they know. Matt D’Antuono has succeeded in something very difficult, getting the young people in his classes to think about what really matters, arousing their hunger for answers, and doing it in a way that is fun for them. A very clever and interesting book by a very good teacher.” – Stephen M. Barr, Professor of Physics, University of Delaware

“Teaching becomes a noble task as Mr. D’Antuono encourages his high school students to ask questions, seek truth and discover beauty. But there is more: like Handel, D’Antuono wishes ‘to make them better.’ Philosophy Fridays achieves its purposes.” – Msgr. Robert Harahan, Headmaster, Seton Hall Preparatory High School 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matt D’Antuono is a high school physics teacher who lives in New Jersey with his beautiful wife and seven children.

He holds bachelor’s degrees in physics and philosophy and a master’s degree in special education. He is working on a master’s degree in philosophy at Holy Apostles in Cromwell, CT.

You can find him on YouTube at DonecRequiescat.

Matt’s column on the National Catholic Register may be found here. A couple of discrete samples are below.

Articles by Matt:

  1. “On the Meaning of ‘Be Yourself.'” The Imaginative Conservative (January 4, 2019)
  2. “Emmet: The Awesome Hebrew Word for Truth.” National Catholic Register (December 18, 2018)
  3. “The Missing Key Piece from Youth Catechesis? It’s Philosophy.” National Catholic Register (November 23, 2018)
  4. Fact or Opinion?”: A False Dichotomy,The Imaginative Conservative (July 24, 2018)
  5. Discovering the Beauty of the Truth,” The Coming Home Network International (April 16, 2018)

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