Books published since 1999
Scattering the Proud
Columba Press, Dublin, 1999
A reflection on the dual world crisis – the secular crisis of optimism and of values, and the crisis of Christianity, almost deprived by fundamentalism of intellectual respectability.
Solomon’s Gift Self-published 2004
What exactly is wisdom, and how does it differ from knowledge? An exploration of the key reality of mimetic desire and how it so deeply affects our behaviour. This book is also a simple introduction to the ideas of the French intellectual, René Girard.
The Chain That Binds the Earth Self-published 2015
Johnny Mullan wants to understand why bullying happens – and not just in school. Margaret Phillips is troubled by the threat to the Earth environment, and wants to understand what she should do about that. Eddy Li is fascinated by crime of all kinds and wants to be a detective. Mary McNevin wants to understand why there are so many different problems, and to write songs that will help.
When these four meet in their first year at their second-level school – Iona College, Derry – they come to the conclusion that all of the major problems that interest them have a common source. When they argue their case in a school debate they find themselves threatened with censorship or expulsion by a senior teacher.
They discover that their school is itself divided, and are faced with an important choice. Challenged to abandon their own strongest convictions, Johnny, Margaret, Eddy and Mary stand firm – not knowing how this will affect their friendship and the rest of their lives.
“Unputdownable and utterly brilliant.” David Brussard (14), Loreto College, Coleraine
” The plot was gripping and I didn’t want to stop reading.” Cáit Passmore (14), Loreto College Coleraine
“ A remarkable book with a vision for the future. The author demonstrates a detailed, deep and sympathetic understanding of a society that is still struggling to deal with the past never mind moving into the future…. A wonderful book that is deserving of the widest audience and consideration.” Aidan Donaldson, The Irish Catholic, August 27th, 2015