Three Paradigms of Reality

4 February 2010

In his new book Three Paradigms of Reality: From Homer to Einstein, Ron Dudum takes on the challenging task of organizing the history of human thought into three broad categories. These three views- the ancient Greek paradigm, the early Christian paradigm, and the modern paradigm of self- offer radically different views of reality and often form an interpretive framework upon which individuals judge all evidence and experience.

Each paradigm has a different place for three modes of knowing, which Dudum identifies as;

1.) Sensory Perception (empiricism)
2.) Rational Reflection (reason)
3.) Faith in Mystery (religion)

While explicating the three paradigms and their respective emphasis on the modes of knowing, Dudum explores a great swath of history from Ancient Greece, through the early Christian Church and the Renaissance, and all the way to the modern day. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the book is the historical context it reveals, including a fascinating discussion of the development of the Early Church.

Perhaps the most significant overriding theme of the book; the importance of humility, is well-noted. It is the value placed upon humility that held the early Christian paradigm together. Moreover, the disregard for humility has led to the prominence of the modern paradigm, where man has convinced himself that he can answer all the questions of life and become the master of his own universe.

Three Paradigms of Reality offers a great overview of the history of thought and the place of the Christian paradigm in that ecosystem. Dudum offers a compelling vision for the cooperation of faith and reason.

Disclaimer: Barbary Consulting was kind enough to send me a free copy of this book for my consideration and review. Thanks!

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