In Prism's Book Bag: What We Can't Not Know

Courtesy of amazon.com.

What We Can't Not Know is J. Budziszewski's widely acclaimed analysis of the lost world of common truths. In an age when the things that everyone knows are treated as unknown, and the principles of decency are attacked as indecent, J. Budziszewski offers us a refreshing assessment of what we all know about right and wrong. Exposing the emptiness of contemporary moral fashions, Budziszewski unapologetically explores the rules of human conduct which originate in natural law, those rules that we "can't not know."

Budziszewski's purpose is to "bolster the confidence of plain people in the rational foundations of their common moral sense." There are certain moral truths-"as real as arithmetic"-that are part of the equipment of a rational mind. He describes the basic principles of morality known to all men, explains why those principles are under attack, and demonstrates that we do in fact know what we think we know.

Addressing "the persuaded, the half-persuaded, and the wish-I-were-persuaded," Budziszewski shows Protestants, Catholics, and Jews the unanimity of their traditions on the common truths. And what about the un-persuaded, those who deny the reality of a moral law? They are on the other side of a dispute over the basic norms for human life. Civility, Budziszewski insists, does not require denying the unprecedented gulf between the two sides. What's needed are both charity and clarity, which Budziszewski provides in abundance.

To read an interview with the author, conducted by Dick Staub, go to http://www.dickstaub.com/culturewatch.php?record_id=409.

To order the book at a savings, go to http://www.spencepublishing.com.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

You May Also Want to Read

  • Holy Week brings us from Palm Sunday to Good Friday to Resurrection Day, from triumph to tragedy back to triumph.…

  • Edited by Tripp York and Andy Alexis-Baker (Cascade Books, 2013) Reviewed by Sarah Withrow King When I was pregnant with…

Comment policy: ESA represents a wide variety of understandings and practices surrounding our shared Christian faith. The purpose of the ESA blog is to facilitate loving conversation; please know that individual authors do not speak for ESA as a whole. Even if you don\'t see yourself or your experience reflected in something you read here, we invite you to experience it anyway, and see if God can meet you there. What can take away from considering this point of view? What might you add? The comments section below is where you can share the answers to those questions, if you feel so moved. Please express your thoughts in ways that are constructive, purposeful, and respectful. Give those you disagree with the benefit of the doubt, and assume they are neither idiots nor evil. Name-calling, sweeping condemnations, and any other comments that suggest you have forgotten that we are all children of God will be deleted. Thank you!

1 Response

  1. Mandy says:

    My husband and i have been so jufyol that Jordan managed to finish off his research by way of the precious recommendations he discovered from your own site. It is now and again perplexing to just possibly be making a gift of facts many people might have been making money from. We know we have the blog owner to give thanks to for this. The most important illustrations you made, the easy website navigation, the relationships you help to engender it's many unbelievable, and it is letting our son in addition to us recognize that this theme is thrilling, which is certainly exceptionally serious. Many thanks for all!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.