Robert J. O’Keefe earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He lives with his wife Kathleen in Columbus, Ohio.
O’Keefe writes, “My job often requires writing clearly and succinctly about complicated and difficult subjects. The subjects of these books (Liberty and the Wall of Separation between Church and State, Gaining the High Ground over Evolutionism) may be among the worst as for complicated and difficult, though they are possibly also among the more necessary. For that, confronting the intellectual challenges was highly satisfying.”
Liberty and the Wall steers clear of superficial controversies over religious symbols, speech, and practices on public property and in public institutions. The determination of the valuable, the right, and the just is far more the commanding question.
The controversy surrounding the origin of the universe, earth, and all living things is an ongoing debate in the public sphere. In Gaining the High Ground over Evolutionism, author Robert J. O’Keefe presents analysis leading to the realization that to obtain knowledge of origin is also to discover the origin of knowledge.
Gaining the High Ground over Evolutionism recognizes the ideological nature of the topic of origin. It steps out of the realm of science and begins to deal with the question by reviewing the scientific revolution and its implications in Western thought, studying the interpretation of Genesis 1, and describing relevant aspects of the history of geology, biology, and astronomy.
O’Keefe summarizes science as a means of gaining knowledge and discusses the scientific method as it is applied to natural history. He examines how the court system has dealt with the controversy; draws points from C. S. Lewis’s argument against naturalism; and then confronts the ideology behind evolutionary science, the philosophy of naturalism, presenting what he sees are the best arguments against it. Finally, he summons back the grounds for the authority of the Bible and discusses the partnership of reason and faith.
Expanding the scope of inquiry beyond the confines of science, O’Keefe shows that the idea of a creator needs to be attended with more seriousness than post-Enlightenment science and philosophy have ever thought necessary.