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. Among his other publications include his book Radical Eschatologies: Embracing the Eschaton in the Works of Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Nuruddin Farah, and Ayi Kwei Armah. He lives in St. Louis with his wife, Dr. Stephanie Mahfood, and children, Alexander and Eva Ruth.
I’ve read dozens of books both promoting and refuting atheism, and Drs. Mahfood and Chervin have produced one of my absolute favorites. Not only does this book reveal the weakness of classical and modern atheistic arguments, it shows the truth, goodness, and beauty of Catholic realism, from a masterful summary of Aquinas’s proofs of God’s existence and descriptions of His attributes, to sprinklings of the wisdom and artistry of Dante. Catholic Realism features penetrating biographical sketches of prominent modern atheists turned theists (some of whom were completely new to me), probing philosophical analyses of metaphysical and ethical issues, and an excellent chapter on the enduring friendship between the Catholic Faith and science. Catholic Realism is superb and deserves a very wide audience. – Dr. Kevin Vost, author of Memorize the Mass!, Memorize the Faith! and Memorize the Reasons!