THE ESTRANGED GOD by Anthony Padovano


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The author, a seminary professor, takes as his subject the problem of God in the experience of modern man. His purpose is to help the priest or the informed layman to understand something of the problem of the man who either senses the mystery of the universe and its supernatural origins, but cannot give intellectual assent to the traditional dogmatic explanation of it, or who denies any possibility of the supernatural and seeks to find a solution on the purely natural level. In the first part of the book are studied the manifestations of agnosticism and atheism in the areas of philosophy (Sartre, Meidegger, Jaspers, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Camus), literature (Dostoevsky, Wolfe, Kafka, , Salinger, Golding, and Orwell), and psychology (including some interpretations of the films of Ingmar Bergman). Part Two is a discussion of how modern dogmatic theology may be applied, in love and in freedom, both to an understanding of the problem of modern man's search for belief and to a solution of that problem. Father Padovano's style, despite his material, is crisp and highly readable. His treatment, however; tends to vary in depth of approach and in quality of perception; for instance, the discussion of Bergman's work is original and stimulating, but the treatment of the existentialists seems glibly superficial. Nonetheless, the book may be recommended as a useful tool for those engaged in pastoral work.

Pub Date: April 20th, 1966
Publisher: Sheed & Ward