Confronting the Unknowable: Essays on God, Nature and Being Human
by Walt McLaughlin
Wood Thrush Books, 2023
150 pages, paperback
A collection of philosophical essays delving into the relationships between God, nature, and human nature. Most of the themes developed here are abstract: what we are, what we can know, and what nature is. A few are concrete: overpopulation, climate change, and our impact upon the planet. The pitfalls of both reason and belief are also addressed, as is the all-too-human desire to find meaning in our existence. McLaughlin references scores of diverse worldviews as he touches upon these difficult matters and more, while trying to be as honest and plain-spoken as possible. Some of the questions he poses have answers. Others do not. The Great Mystery looms large.