By Fr. Henry St. John O.P.
Religion is Reasonable, by Fr.
'I hornas Corhishley, S.J. (Burns & Oates, Cardinal Books, 10s. 6d.).
HE title of this book is not the equivalent of that of an 18th-century apologetic work I once came across called "Christianity not Mysterious".
'Religion is Reasonable deals with the mystery of life, human and divine, and their interpretation, and it deals with these fundamentals by applying human reason to the moral law embedded, as it were, in our created human nature and to the revealed mysteries which elucidate this law.
These conferences given to Oxford undergraduates by Fr. Thomas Corbishley, S.J., and here reprinted in a paperback cdition, are in fact a compendium of theology. and theology presupposes philosophy, being the application of human reason to the mysteries of Faith. Yet it is a Theology (with its accompanying philosophy) that no one. even of the most ordinary intellectual capacity, should shy away from.
yr is quite untechnical. illustrated
by normal. everyday analogy, and though it keeps to main principles, does so in such a way as to stimulate interest and lead on to closer and deeper study of the Faith from the points of view of philosot hy, history, biblical science and theology proper.
The historical chapters, especially those on the Jews, the Gentile world and the historicity of the New Testament records are particularly noteworthy.
It may be added here that it
is much to be wished that our Sunday by Sunday pulpit preaching to ordinary congregations should take this form more often; the preaching of doctrinal truth in such a way that it will be vitally apprehended and so lived out in everyday life. This is our great need today; it is also our great lack.
Fr. Corbishley supplies an excellent model because he translates so ably deep theological truth into language that is without clichas and expressed in a living idiom that goes home to the intelligence and at the same time touches the heart.