Book Recommendations

God: The Oldest Question:
A Fresh Look at Belief and Unbelief – And Why the Choice Matters

William J. O’Malley S.J.


From the Back Cover

Does God exist? Is belief reasonable? Do the answers to these questions make any practical difference in the way we live? These questions-asked by religious seekers for countless millennia-can be answered in the affirmative, says William O’Malley, Jesuit priest and prolific writer. In God: The Oldest Question, O’Malley shows readers why with a careful argument that combines irreverent wit, high intellectual seriousness, and personal confession.

O’Malley ranges widely through modern science, classical philosophy, literature and art, and the religious traditions of East and West. Yet he also probes his own heart. In part, God: The Oldest Question is an account of O’Malley’s own intellectual and spiritual journey, which included a shattering crisis of faith only a year before he was to be ordained a priest- a crisis that a careful study of the arguments of atheist thinkers helped him later resolve. This painfully honest and intellectually inspiring book enlists both the mind and the heart in an ultimately satisfying quest for God.

“This book belongs in the hands of anyone interested in a serious search for ultimate meaning.” – William J. Byron, S.J., author of Jesuit Saturdays: Sharing the Ignatian Spirit with Lay Colleagues and Friends

“Fr. Bill O’Malley is one of today’s most insightful, honest, and articulate writers on things spiritual and religious. This is, unquestionably, the book fo read on the most basic question of faith if what you want is a book that respects your (individual) spiritual quest…. This book is both informative and fun to read.” – Mitch Finley, author of The Seeker’s Guide to Being Catholic

About the Author

William J. O’Malley, SJ, is a professor at Fordham University and the author of many books, including The Fifth Week, Why Be Catholic?, and More Daily Prayers for Busy People.

Classical and Modern Thought on International Relations:
From Anarchy to Cosmopolis
Robert Jackson
In the tradition of the English School of International Relations theory, this book seeks to show how continuities in international politics outweigh the changes. The author demonstrates how the world is neither one of anarchy, as put forward by realists, nor is it a fully cosmopolitan order, as argued by those on the other side of the theoretical spectrum. Instead, it is a world of states who acknowledge a set of moral constraints that exists between them.

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