Fr. Vincent Miceli, S.J.. The Gods of Atheism. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2022. Paperback. $19.95. 464 pages. Available from the publisher.
The Gods of Atheism, by Fr. Vincent Miceli, S.J. aids readers in a time of hopeless delusion. “Freedom of expression” and science attempt to dictate morality and pose as miracle cures. Doubt, thus enkindled, has given rule to a militant atheism, and a marked rise in suicide, sexual decadence, violence, and irrational fear.
We need a spiritual guide to help us sift through this confusion and hold fast to our faith in the darkness. Fr. Miceli has authored several books, including The Antichrist, available from Sophia Press. He also wrote extensively for journals and magazines, such as L’Osservatore Romano, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and National Catholic Register. In addition, Fr. Miceli made innumerable appearances on national TV and radio programs to promote the faith and co-hosted a syndicated radio program, “Where Catholics Meet.”
This classic book is needed in an age when indifference to Christ has created disdain for one another. What is the solution to the “jungle” in which we find ourselves lost? In these pages, Fr. Miceli masterfully assists readers in navigating through errors in philosophy as well as contemporary issues, such as:
- Heresies regarding Jesus as “man for others,” instead of the God-Man
- How the “contradictory crisis” of atheism enslaves man, while seeking to set him free
- The horrors of hegemonic totalitarianism and our duty to oppose it
- How man is dependent upon a Supreme Being
- Why idolatry, such as atheism, is like a cancer
- How the scientist has replaced God as both a miracle worker and judge of morality
“This is a thoroughly researched and scholastic compendium of the thought of the major atheistic philosophers of the 19th and 20th centuries. One of the most excellent on the subject that I have read.”
"The Gods of Atheism is an excellent book. I have not seen a more organized and honest assessment of the various philosophical objections to Christianity anywhere. Some may object to Miceli's recurrent theme, that atheism is merely replacing God with a pagan philosophy, but his summaries of more than a dozen atheist thinkers are very complete and honest. He fully states each thinker's case without interruption before attempting a rebuttal. Many, many people have criticized religion over the years, and few people (myself included) have the time and energy to understand to understand the details of each point of view. Miceli does that nicely and succinctly. This alone makes the book worth reading.”
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