Monday, August 24, 2009

New Theology Book Explores Phenomenal Reality

August 24, 2009 – Tucson, AZ –A.J. MacDonald, Jr.—a student of theology and philosophy for many years and lay member of Saint Francis Cabrini Catholic Church in Tucson, Arizona—has recently (August 2009) released his new book: The World Perceived: A Theological and Phenomenological Approach to Thinking, Perceiving, and Living In-The-World (Trade paperback, 275 pp. w/index, 5.5 x 8.5, $16.00), which is now available online from

The World Perceived explores how we think about the world, how we perceive the world, and how we choose to live our lives in-the-world. The author constructs a biblical theology of appearances which illustrates how the biblical description of reality is of far greater relevance to us than are the descriptions of reality given to us by modern science and popular science writers. The study of reality may belong to philosophers, scientists, metaphysicians, and theologians, but the responsibility of making a decision regarding what that reality is belongs to everyone and The World Perceived was written in order to aid the reader in making this decision an informed one.

In considering the epistemological basis of science as a form of knowledge and the assumptions implicit within the modern scientific worldview, The World Perceived invites the reader on an intellectual journey into the world of phenomenal reality. The author makes a strong case for the validity of the biblical description of the world and of reality by demonstrating how the modern scientific descriptions of the world and of reality are in no way superior to the biblical description.

By using three examples of conflicting scientific and biblical descriptions of the world and of reality—the geocentric versus the heliocentric conception of the universe, creation versus evolution, and absolute time versus relative time—The World Perceived demonstrates the Bible’s relevancy to the modern world, which is so often hostile to both religion and the Bible, like no other book on the market today. Written for the seminary student, the believing or unbelieving college student, the skeptic, and the general reader who is interested in such matters, The World Perceived is a wonderful introduction to how we, as Christians, should be thinking, perceiving, and living in-the-world.

For more information about The World Perceived, or to schedule an interview, please contact A.J. MacDonald, Jr. by email at:, or on the web at:
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