Dances With Doubt

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About the author:
Stephen Lovatt was born in 1958 in Stoke-on-Trent, England. The jolt of his mother's death when he was fourteen, made him resolve to become a member of the Methodist Church. He came into the possession of a strange little book called "The Testament of Light" in about 1974. This introduced him for the first time to Plato, Whichcote, Glanville, Mill, Blake, Chesterton, Julian of Norwich, Marcus Aurelius, Nietzsche and The Cloud of Unknowing. It was about this time that he first encountered with Catholicism, in the writings of Teihard de Chardin.

He was accepted to read physics at Trinity College in 1976. While at Cambridge, he discovered the works of Cardinal Newman and as a result was received into the Catholic Church in 1979. After graduating, he worked for about ten years in the electronics industry. During this period he became familiar with the works of Karl Popper and developed an interest in epistemology and the basis of Quantum Mechanics. In 1990, he returned to academic studies researching in relativistic quantum mechanics and multiple scattering theory at Bristol University. At this time he was introduced to the works of Ayn Rand, the American founder of the Objectivist school of philosophy and developed an interest in teleology and ethics.

After obtaining his doctorate in Physics, he returned to the electronics industry, before conducting a stint of post-doctoral research in the fields of Density Functional Theory of the Physics of Liquids. At about this time he discovered the works of Plato. In 2002 he began two years of teacher training, after which he was appointed lecturer in electronics and mathematics at the Army School of Electrical and Aeronautical Engineering. He published his first non-fiction book "New Skins for Old wine: Plato's Wisdom for Today's world" in 2009. Since then he has published a number of books of theology, philosophy and poetry.

Dances With Doubt

Conversations with a lapsed Catholic

Authored by Dr Stephen C Lovatt

This text evolved out of a discussion with my Godson.

Not all of the objections, questions or issues are his: some originate from other people and some are more generic than personal. I believe all of them to be important.

The chapter entitled "What is the point of the Church" is a dialogue between myself and Professor Paul Miller, who subsequently became a Catholic.

The dialogue "Primon" is based on other discussions which I have had with Professor Miller. It focuses on the doctrine of the Incarnation and Redemption or Atonement.

The dialogue "Nyxostates", summaries many conversations I have had with Abid Siddique, another close friend of mine. It focuses on the problem of suffering and the issue of human autonomy or free-will.
I hope that my readers will find this book enlightening and be motivated to investigate further the Catholic Faith.

Publication Date:
1542383641 / 9781542383646
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Christianity / Catholic

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