During my time in RCIA I spend many hours discussing philosophy and theology with a great priest named Fr. Joseph. At one point in the conversation we were discussing the issues surrounding modern atheism and in this context he recommended that I read a book titled, The Last Superstition, by Edward Feser. I had no idea who Edward Feser was nor was I even remotely familiar with the philosophical tradition of Thomism. As a Protestant my interaction with Christian philosophy and apologetics was basically through the dominating methods of William Lane Craig and mere evangelical defenses of theistic rationalism. Hopeful that this reading suggestion might be a fresh take on the issue of the new atheist movement, I followed Fr. Joseph’s direction and bought The Last Superstition.
I began reading the book as soon as it was delivered and I couldn’t put it down. Never had I read anything so devastating to atheism generally and to the new atheist movement specifically. Not only does Feser totally dismantle the claims of the new atheists, he clearly articulates the appropriate Thomistic metaphysical framework from which a coherent Christian philosophy makes sense. Moreover, the arguments presented introduce the reader to certain knowledge of God’s existence rather than an evidentially probabilistic argument that only results in opening the door to fideism.
The Last Superstition was written in 2008, and since then Feser has added many great works to his resume. Some of these titles are Aquinas, Aristotle on Method and Metaphysics, Scholastic Metaphysics, Neo-Scholastic Essays, By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed, and Five Proofs of the Existence of God.
Feser’s most recent works, By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed and Five Proofs, have garnered quite a lot of attention and well-earned publicity. The fact that these titles are getting so much attention is in many ways a testament to the veracity of their claims and argumentation.
If you are looking for great Thomistic literature from the Neo-Scholastic tradition that is formidable in its articulation of truth and unrelenting in its refutation of error, then Edward Feser’s work will be a necessary addition to your bookshelf.
Here is The Socratic Catholic’s book review of By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed – The Catholic Church & Capital Punishment
Here are some of the articles recently written by Feser in reply to some of his critics on the death penalty:
Here are some videos of Feser discussing the thesis of his book on the death penalty:
Here are some recent interviews of Feser discussing his work in The Last Superstition, Five Proofs:
Here are The Socratic Catholic’s posts highlighting the first three arguments made by Feser in Five Proofs:
– Lucas G. Westman