Seeing the World with Catholic Eyes
Publisher: Arouca Press
Publication Date: May 24, 2021
A Conversation with Thomas Storck
The questions in Seeing the World with Catholic Eyes are meant to elicit provocative answers. The book begins with an exploration of his early life and intellectual background. What were the factors that helped shape his life as a public intellectual? Thomas Storck then answers questions related to the Church and some of the controversies that are being discussed today. Then-in the largest section of the book-he answers questions on Catholic social teaching. This is the theme that is fascinating because one of the errors many Catholics have accepted today is the idea that the Church exists solely for an ethereal goal. The Church exists to lead people to heaven but the day-to-day workings of "real life"-so they argue-are best left to the certified "experts" who alone can provide the principles to ensure a successful life. Thomas Storck views the Church and her robust social teachings as central to helping Catholics create an environment where justice and charity can operate harmoniously. His thinking on distributism-an economic theory easily misunderstood-shows that the goal is ultimately that economic activity be oriented toward fulfilling "our needs and reasonable desires" and as such is in line with Catholic social teaching.
With Thomas Storck's works, and in what we hope will be a compelling book, you are presented with a mind that has thought, and thought deeply upon the Catholic faith and all the ways it must animate our lives. We think the title is apt because it is truly an attempt to "see the world through Catholic eyes." Reflect upon his words. They might shake you a bit but maybe we haven't been shaken enough. The world won't be won over to Christ by half-heartedness and indifference.
"We need more sobering assessments such as Storck's. I look forward to an extensive treatment of the subject by this author." - Cuthbert Claxton in Reflections, fall 1989
"Storck has written a book that bears witness to the maximizing demands of the Faith in relation to the world." - Peter A. Kwasniewski in Homiletic & Pastoral Review, November 1999
"The book is filled with enormous erudition and cogent analysis, not only of liberal modernity, but of the Christendom it replaced - that far more organic social order in which the Faith permeated everything ..." - Roger Buck, Cor Jesu Sacratissimum blog February 2016
"If you want to delve into the untapped treasure of the Church's social justice teaching, An Economics of Justice & Charity is the place to begin. Storck is an ideal guide to explore the papal magisterium on this subject." - Shane Kapler on Just a Catholic blog
"John Médaille and Thomas Storck engage in a dignified debate about faith and reason which they frame in terms of mythos and logos. These two concepts, we learn, wind their way around human affairs in countless ways. The book takes the form of a series of letters that the two Catholic thinkers wrote to each other-letters in which an argument is developed that pulls the reader along in a way few philosophical books do." - Michael De Sapio in The Imaginative Conservative, February 2021
THOMAS STORCK, a convert to the Catholic faith, is a social and cultural philosopher and historian who has written widely concerning the intersection of Catholic faith and culture. He is the author of three previous books, The Catholic Milieu, Foundations of a Catholic Political Order, and Christendom and the West, as well as numerous essays and articles; and is a member of the editorial boards of The Chesterton Review and Ethika Politika.