David Brooks’ “Itinerarium Mentis in Deum”
Almost fifty years ago, the renowned sociologist of religion, Peter Berger, wrote a short yet suggestive book, A Rumor of Angels. Berger traced paths to a rediscovery of “the supernatural” even in the midst of secular modernity. He spoke of “signals of transcendence.”
Berger’s book came to mind as I finished David Brooks’ The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life, a generous sharing of his own journey towards an awareness and acceptance of the reality of God, in the world and in his life. He ponders the insufficiency of an individualist and materialist striving for fame, wealth, and power.