"This is a clearly written, wonderfully engaging account of Aristotelianism for our contemporary world. It is, in short, a defense of 'first philosophy', the idea that philosophy and philosophical reflection is the starting point of, and that which illuminates and clarifies, all that we believe that we know in the other disciplines in the university, especially the hard sciences. I applaud Professor Machuga for this outstanding book."
Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University
"Has modern science made philosophy obsolete? According to Ric Machuga, a thread of answer exists, coming from Aristotle and reinterpreted by Thomas Aquinas. He converses with modern thinkers such as Newton, Darwin and Galileo to show that faith and reason can coexist. What does it mean to be human? Is language relevant for our sense of reality? Is there a God, and if so, how is that He allows the existence of evil? Machuga undertakes to answer these fundamental questions with a deliberately synthetic approximation. He tackles the problems with the Aristotelian method, treating them with logic and reason, and draws a philosophical line of thought from Plato and Socrates to Descartes and Nietzsche. In a book that is the result of years directing introduction to philosophy classes, he demonstrates that Newton's and Darwin's reasoning was not fundamentally different from that of the classical philosophers. To study the universe in a scientific way does not mean that we have to endorse the narrow conception of science as positivism upheld it."
Dialogo Filosofico, May/August 2012
"The book’s text is refreshingly nontechnical, and it would make an excellent companion for undergraduate teaching ... And those who hold that metaphysics is a bunch of illogical non-sense are unlikely to accept that the ecumenical system-building on display here is a valid form of reasoning. Yet then again, one can hold either of these positions position and still value Machuga’s efforts as a heuristic. And on that front the book is given the highest recommendation."
Gary Slater, in The Expository Times, Vol 125, No 11