Mike Aquilina

Belief and Unbelief in the Dark Night

Tuesday July 22nd 2008, 2:49 pm

Many years ago, when I was very young and agnostic, I was browsing an enormous used-book sale in Philadelphia and came across an old paperback copy of Michael Novak’s Belief and Unbelief. I bought it and read it at a gallop. That was a quarter-century ago, and I can’t say I remember anything from the book — except that it changed the way I thought about the subject, and it opened my mind to the witness of friends and the arguments of other books. It’s good to see Novak revisiting that subject — and even re-examining that long-ago book — in his most recent title, No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers. I just unpacked a copy, and I hope to read it in the coming weeks. In the meantime, our other brother Darrell leads us to a Novak op-ed on the problem of evil.