Fr. Savage Books, Close Encounters of the Theological Kind


“Close Encounters of the Theological Kind”
Current Publications
Rev. Allan Savage is the Director of the
Adult Faith Office of the R.C. Diocese of Thunder Bay.  
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Faith, Hope and Charity as Character Traits in Adler’s Individual Psychology:
With Related Essays in Spirituality and Phenomenology (2003)
By way of introduction Sheldon Nicholl offers an outline of Alfred Adler’s life and the basics of
his Individual Psychology. Allan Savage examines the relationship between Individual Psychology
and Pastoral Theology as they are found to be in accord with the development of Adler’s notion of
Gemeinschaftsgefühl. However, chapter eight is not specifically Adlerian in content. Since the root
of Adler’s Individual Psychology is anchored in German philosophical thought of the early 1900’s
this chapter explores notions derived from the later Heidegger and Edmund Husserl.
Reflections on the Interior Life: Critical Insights from William Gladstone and
George Tyrrell (2006)
This book, written in conjunction with George Drazenovich, discusses the thought of William
Gladstone and George Tyrrell as existential thinkers. Neither claimed that his views were entirely
new and neither represents a system of philosophy. Both share insights and philosophical perspec-
tives similar to other Christian existential thinkers such as Soren Kierkegaard (Danish Lutheran),
Nicolas Berdyaev (Russian Orthodox), and Gabriel Marcel (Roman Catholic).  Reading the works
of William Gladstone and George Tyrrell may strengthen the inner life for the Christian and en-
hance one’s theological education.
A Contemporary Understanding of Religious Belief Within Mental Health (2007)
This short book, with a Foreword by Joleene Kemp, suggests the need for psychiatrists to work
with the knowledge of theology so that mentally ill patients who hold strong religious beliefs may
receive appropriate treatment. The work is introduced by discussing the definition of mental ill-
ness, the meaning of religious belief in modern society and the view that psychiatry has of it.  The
book promotes the phenomenological approach to understanding religious belief, an approach that
concentrates on the study of consciousness and the objects of direct experience.
The Ecology: A “New to You” View. An Orthodox Theological Ecology (2008)
The ideas presented in this book, in fact, are not new. They are problems arising from the new
orientation of the Western world that followed the Great War of 1914-1918. Much contemporary
theology still deals with issues that have been identified as “Modernism” by the ecclesiastical au-
thorities of an earlier day. What is new in this book, however, is a theological consideration in the
context of a contemporary global ecology, and not in the context of the traditional ecclesiastical
politics of Eastern and Western Churches.  
Phenomenological Understanding of Certain Liturgical Texts: The Anglican
Collects for Advent and the Roman Catholic Collects for Lent (2001)
This book examines the philosophical premises underlying the language used in liturgical prayers.
Scholastic philosophy, the dominant philosophical perspective in the West, is no longer satisfac-
tory for contemporary religious formulation. Research shows that phenomenological philosophy
is replacing scholastic philosophy in forming and understanding personal and communal religious

The ideas and notions I present
in this book for consideration
are, in fact, not new. However,
for modern philosophers,
and indeed postmodern
philosophers, they are problems
arising from the orientation of
the new Western world that
followed the Great War of 1914
- 1918. Much contemporary
theology still deals with issues
that have been erroneously
identified as “Modernism” by
the ecclesiastical authorities of
an earlier day and, as yet, have not been satisfactorily resolved.
Therefore, I focus on a philosophical theology applicable to
Eastern and Western traditions. What is new concerning these
notions and ideas is their theological consideration in the
context of a contemporary global ecology and, not in the context
of traditional politics and academics of Western and Eastern
European history. Thus, they may appear “new to you” as you
explore the theological relationships that give meaning to human
activities within our contemporary environment.
© Edward Borowiec