Ignatius Press, 324 pages
What does it mean to be human? Are we just another animal, more intellectually advanced, as science might suggest? Or is there something more to us, something that sets us apart and gives us a special place in the universe? Philosophy professor Michael Augros takes on scientism — the idea that science tells us everything that is knowable — and summarily dismantles it as applied to the human person. Science might describe how our bodies work, but it can’t get at who we are, the truths about human nature, why we were created or where we are destined. Augros’s trek gets into the deep at times, but it’s well worth the trip.