The “New Atheists” are pulling no punches. If the world of nature needs a designer, they ask, then why wouldn't the designer itself need a designer, too? Or if it can exist without any designer behind it, then why can't we just say the same for the universe and wash our hands of a designer altogether?
Interweaving its pursuit of the First Cause with personal stories and humor, this ground-breaking book takes a fresh approach to ultimate questions. While attentive to empirical science, it builds its case not on authoritative pronouncements of experts that readers must take on faith, but instead on a nuanced understanding of universal principles implicit in everyone's experience.
Here is essential reading for all people who care about contemplating God, not exclusively as a best-explanation for the findings of science, but also as the surprising-yet-inevitable implication of our commonsense contact with reality. Augros harnesses such intellects as Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas, ushering into the light a wealth of powerful inferences that have hitherto received little or no public exposure. The result is an easygoing yet extraordinary journey, beginning from the world as we all encounter it and ending in the divine mind.
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About the Author
Michael Augros holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College and teaches at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. He is the author of Who Designed the Designer? A Rediscovered Path to God's Existence and of numerous scholarly articles that have appeared in such journals as the Thomist, Angelicum, and the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly.
Table of Contents
How to Take This Book 9
1 Common Ground; or, There Is a First Cause 27
2 The Tree of Being 41
3 The Philosophy of the Axle 56
4 Beyond Imagining 68
5 The Most Intensely Existing Thing 81
6 The Ear of Whittaker's Daughter 100
7 Who Designed the Designer? 118
8 Intractable Minds 134
9 What a Lovely Tiling a Rose Is 160
10 Hecklers 180
Epilogue: The Shoulders of Giants 205
1 Naked Proofs 217
2 Hume Causing Trouble 224
3 Mad Philosophers and the Natures of Things 230
4 Musings on Newton's First Law 238
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Importance of the Rose - Who Designed the Designer? By Michael Augros examines the First Cause argument for the existence of God and demonstrates that a benevolent, intelligent being created the universe. His deductive argument is valid and cogent. That in itself makes this book worth reading. Augros bases his proof on readily observable facts, and unlike most intelligent-design arguments which are inductive arguments that only give probable answers, his proof is a deductive argument that ends with a certainty that God exists. That makes this book unique and valuable. And Augros provides a solid answer to the question of why the Designer doesn’t need a designer. The best apologetics book available is the Handbook of Catholic Apologetics, which is comprehensive, but doesn’t go into much depth. This book takes one argument and explores it in depth, and does so in a clear, concise fashion. Augros doesn’t prove all the attributes of God , but he does prove the major attributes, which is good enough. The arguments used are just restatements of theories held by Aristotle and Aquinas, so the book doesn’t break new ground in that respect. The book is intended for educated readers who wonder if reason can prove that God exists; it can. One of the delightful aspects of this book is when the author quotes The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, where Sherlock Holmes points out that a rose is a clue that God exists and is benevolent. Just as a man buys flowers for his wife to demonstrate his love, so God has put flowers on the earth to demonstrate his divine providence. This book also answers the intriguing question as to why so many philosophers don’t believe in God. The answer is that they haven’t studied Thomas Aquinas, and also that they don’t want to believe in God since they might have to change their lifestyles. After proving that God exists, Augros states that the appearance of purpose and beauty in the universe is real. The main point of the book is that the universe is magnificent, and only a magnificent God could have created it. This is truly a magnificent book.