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We Hold These Truths: Catholic Reflections on the American Proposition (A Sheed & Ward Classic) [Paperback]

John Courtney Murray , Peter Augustine Lawler
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July 14, 2005 0742549011 978-0742549012
The 1960 publication of We Hold These Truths marked a significant event in the history of modern American thought. Since that time, Sheed & Ward has kept the book in print and has published several studies of John Courtney Murray's life and work. We are proud to present a new edition of this classic text, which features a comprehensive introduction by Peter Lawler that places Murray in the context of Catholic and American history and thought while revealing his relevance today.

From the new Introduction by Peter Lawler:

The Jesuit John Courtney Murray (1904-67) was, in his time, probably the best known and most widely respected American Catholic writer on the relationship between Catholic philosophy and theology and his country's political life. The highpoint of his influence was the publication of We Hold These Truths in the same year as an election of our country's first Catholic president. Those two events were celebrated by a Time cover story (December 12, 1960) on Murray's work and influence. The story's author, Protestant Douglas Auchincloss, reported that it was "The most relentlessly intellectual cover story I've done." His amazingly wide ranging and dense-if not altogether accurate-account of Murray's thought was crowned with a smart and pointed conclusion: "If anyone can help U.S. Catholics and their non-Catholic countrymen toward the disagreement that precedes understanding-John Courtney Murray can."

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Father John Courtney Murray was one of America's foremost theologians. Born in New York City in 1904, he held degrees from Boston College, Woodstock College, and the Gregorian University in Rome, where he received his doctorate in theology. He was professor of theology at Woodstock College and editor of Theological Studies for over twenty-five years.

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  • Series: A Sheed & Ward Classic
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sheed & Ward (July 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742549011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742549012
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Paterali@aol.com October 22, 2013
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Initially published in 1960 this work stands the test of time. It begins by tracing American political history by joining Lincoln in giving meaning to the structure of the Constitution by linking it to the Declaration of Independence. It views the early American theorists and politicians as treating the tradition of natural law reflected in the Declaration as an inheritance. Murray describes natural law as being based on three concepts: man is intelligent; that reality is intelligible; and that reality, as grasped by intelligence, imposes on the will the obligation that it be obeyed in its demands for action or abstention.
Its timeliness is best shown in its chapters dealing with the relation of Church and State as addressed by the First Amendment which are applicable to present day events and its discussion of the Cold War particularly if one substitutes Islamic Extremists for the Soviet Union insofar as certain "pragmatists" did not take Soviet "dogma" seriously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book April 8, 2014
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It is a great book that talks about the politics and the religious freedom in US. Every one should read this I think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still relevent for today! August 10, 2008
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Product Description
The 1960 publication of We Hold These Truths marked a significant event in the history of modern American thought. Since that time, Sheed & Ward has kept the book in print and has published several studies of John Courtney Murray's life and work. We are proud to present a new edition of this classic text, which features a comprehensive introduction by Peter Lawler that places Murray in the context of Catholic and American history and thought while revealing his relevance today.

The product description above from Amazon's newer (and more pricey) release in paperback does a nice job of describing the product.
What is important about this work is it looks squarely at the question every Catholic must ask & answer: What do do with the Ameircan Proposition? It looks at mans relationships within the civil sphere, contrasting his frienships as a citizen of the City of Man (philia, and the mark of him who looks towards the City of God, caritas.
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