A CASE FOR BELIEVING by James Dillet Freeman


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Mr. Freeman's book is not so much a case for believing as a statement of Mr. Freeman's belief. In these 60-or-so short essays, he informs the reader that he cannot believe that man has no purpose; that he cannot believe that a world in which beauty is prized can be a meaningless world; that a world of infinite variety presupposes a creator of infinite intelligence. Mr. Freeman tells us that motion presupposes a Prime Mover; that a series of causes and effects presumes a First Cause: Mr. Freeman tells us, in other words, what Aristotle and Aquinas told us, though somewhat less logically. And, when all has been said once more, the single valid question still remains: Why? Why must there be a Prime Mover and a First Cause? Why must there be transcendental Truth and Beauty? And, more immediately, why must there be one more book badly saying what has already been said so well?

Pub Date: May 26th, 1972
Publisher: Doubleday