In God's World and the Great Awakening, Professor Clark's main concern is with the way we can `turn aside' to the Truth from the normal delusions of self-concern. He restates a traditional, Neoplatonic metaphysics as the proper context for scientific and religious practice, and defends a serious Platonic realism against both scientism and anti-realism. Neither scientism, which identifies Truth with what can be revealed to the objectifying gaze, nor
fashionable anti-realism, which equates Truth simply with what `we' choose to take seriously, offer an adequate ground for our scientific or religious faith. The primary faith of humankind is that there is a real
world which is more than an obsequious shadow of our desires and fancies, and this real world can be discovered through right reason. The defence of this faith requires a properly worked, Platonic metaphysic of just the kind discernible in Christian orthodoxy.The other two volumes are: Civil Peace and Sacred Order (1989) and A Parliament of Souls (1990).
`Clark's book, like much of his recent work, is honest; it tells it like it is ... On every page of God's World we find something well argued, helpful and serious, though often with a good measure of wit thrown in ... God's World needs to be read and read and thoroughly digested.'
Journal of Theological Studies
`This book, along with the others in the trilogy, are well worth reading for those who are interested in the complexities of the relationship between a theoretical defense of Christianity and an equally theoretical criticism of the modern state.
Daniel A. Dombrowski, Seattle University, USA, Journal of Church and State
'The third volume of an impressive trilogy ... Clark has some very important things to say, and he says them eloquently. He draws from a fascinating range of sources, literary, religious, and philosophical. His discursive and allusive style is vital and engaging ... Like its two predecessors, this volume is one of the more constructive critiques of liberal culture in recent years.'
Nigel Biggar, Oriel College, Religious Studies Review, Volume 20, Number 1, January 1994
Realism and Divine Philosophy; Ideological Roots of Atheism; The Hebraic and Hellenic Loops; Living among Mysteries; Time and Incarnation; Waking from Delirium; God, Nature, and Natural Kinds; In Praise of Folly