Prof Robert Walley FRCOG of Matercare International has said that the medical profession in the 21st century has lost its soul. If this is true and it appears to be, then “Human Mind and Belief” (AuthorHouse) by Dr. Eugene Breen is an attempt to regain it.
He challenges the secular world, using his science, to come to logical conclusions. He dares to say to the scientific world that it cannot turn its back on scientific truth which we regularly observe it doing today. He makes a cogent case for the spiritual life due to the spiritual nature of man, and begs the question of the immortality of the human soul.
All the great religions of the world have promoted the idea of the human soul and the spiritual nature of man for centuries: Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, and Christianity. Only materialism, the great enemy of all religions today, says that man has no soul and that his dignity then necessarily comes from what he owns, wears, from power or sex. Hence the relevance of this book.
It is a book for thinkers.
Dr Breen brings to the table his experience as a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland who at 40 went on to become a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, and is currently a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Mater University Hospital, a teaching hospital attached to University College Dublin.
The book reveals a special knowledge of matters philosophical and metaphysical based on Aristotelian principles. Together with his use of words, analogy, and style there is revealed a profound culture that is not common among current medical writers.
This lends itself to a simplicity of expression and common sense questions that makes this work recommendable to all medical students the world over, but also to all secondary school students who may be pondering the deeper questions of our existence: where have I come from, where am I going, what is my life all about? Maturing medical minds may regret that such a work was not available to them thirty years ago.
It will be welcomed by those of a pro life orientation as an example of what can be done to give a rational explanation of why we try to be “unconditionally pro life”. The brevity of the work will endear it to those not given to reading long books or those whose busy schedule needs an executive summary to get “the bigger picture”.
Meandering through the book is a Tipperary humour that makes it an enjoyable read.
Fr. Conor Donnelly is a medical doctor and chaplain based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Human Mind and Belief is published by AuthorHouse: http://www.amazon.com/Human-Mind-Belief-Eugene-Breen/dp/1491877243