The Soul’s Upward Yearning
by Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ
Since the early twentieth century, “scientific materialism” has so undermined our belief in the human capacity for transcendence that many people find it difficult to believe in God and the human soul. The many signs of the widespread loss of confidence in our ability to soar upward were validated in 2004 by a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry that linked the absence of religion with a marked increase in suicide, meaninglessness, substance abuse, separation from family members, and other psychological problems.
How ironic it is that the evidence for transcendence is greater today than in any other period in history. The problem is, the evidence remains, largely, un-compiled and is not widely available. Father Spitzer aspires to meet that challenge with this intriguing book.
This book shines a bright light into the darkness by presenting traditional and contemporary evidence for God and a transphysical soul. It shows that we are transcendent beings with souls capable of surviving bodily death; that we are self- reflective beings able to strive for perfect truth, love, goodness and beauty; that we have the dignity of being created in the very image of God.
Note – This is the second book of what will become the quartet, Happiness, Suffering and Transcendence (the first in the series was, Finding True Happiness).