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Book review: Samuel Gregg’s new book offers cautionary tale

What happens when the relationship between reason and faith is eroded? Samuel Gregg addresses this question in his latest book, “Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization.”

“Samuel Gregg wishes to see the human spirit soar, and his new book…offers a concise intellectual history of the West through the prism of the relationship between faith and reason,” writes Free Beacon Media Analyst, Jeffrey Cimmino, in his book review. When reason and faith are pulled apart, room is created for “pathologies of reason” to take root, producing erroneous ideologies. Gregg’s new book traces the origins and effects of these pathologies throughout the history of the West, pathologies including Prometheanism and scientism which, Gregg argues, paved the way for Marxist systems.

The coupling of reason and faith is vital to the West and “[Gregg’s] history of the West offers a cautionary tale for what happens when the proper balance between reason and faith goes by the wayside,” concludes Cimmino.

Read Cimmino’s full book review, “Reason Without Faith Is Dead: Review: ‘Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization’ by Samuel Gregg.”

Caroline Roberts

Caroline Roberts is a managing editor at the Acton Institute and produces Acton's weekly podcast, Acton Line.