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Meaning of Life and Other Essays

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Meaning of Life and Other Essays is a thought-provoking collection of essays that delves into deep philosophical and spiritual topics. Alban Goodier, S.J. explores the meaning of life, the nature of existence, and the pursuit of happiness in a way that challenges readers to reflect on their own beliefs and values.

Goodier's writing is clear, concise, and engaging, making complex ideas accessible to readers of all backgrounds. He skillfully weaves together philosophy, theology, and personal anecdotes to create a compelling narrative that urges readers to question their assumptions and seek a deeper understanding of the world around them.

One of the standout essays in the collection is "The Problem of Free Will", in which Goodier explores the age-old debate between determinism and free will. By presenting various arguments from different philosophical perspectives, he encourages readers to consider the implications of their beliefs on the nature of human agency and responsibility.

Overall, Meaning of Life and Other Essays is a thought-provoking and illuminating read that will appeal to anyone interested in exploring the deeper questions of human existence. Goodier's insights are both profound and accessible, making this book a valuable addition to any philosophical or spiritual library.

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Even with the best intentions, we can often get caught up in the affairs of this world and forget about God. To stay on the path to Heaven we must make, from time to time, an examination of our life's heading. This collection of essays reminds us to live for God rather than for ourselves, encourages us to rise above the concerns and cares of our daily life, and places God's existence - rather than possessions or success - as the true meaning of our lives. . . . While he was the superior of the young Jesuits at Manresa House, Roehampton, Rev. Alban Goodier wrote these essays in 1913 for the newly-launched Stella Maris Magazine, a monthly Jesuit periodical published by Campion House, Osterley. The collection was published as a book the following year by Burns Oates & Washbourne, bearing a Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. - Summary by Judith Ignacio

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