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Liberty, the God That Failed: Policing the Sacred and Constructing the Myths of the Secular State, from Locke to Obama Paperback – June 5, 2012
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"An absolutely epochal achievement--one of the finest historical studies I have ever read. Every true son of an America still waiting to be transformed in Christ owes the author a boundless debt of gratitude." --John Rao (D.Phil., Oxford); Associate Professor of History, St. John's University
"I've hardly been able to put it down since I opened it. The narrative is compelling from beginning to end and a pleasure to read. Rich in learning and insight, Liberty, the God That Failed is a tour de force--a marvelous achievement!" --Patrick McKinley Brennan, John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies, Villanova University
"Ferrara is a one-man army against the juggernaut of secular Liberalism and the Leviathanian state, and in Liberty, the God That Failed, he has struck a decisive blow." --Thaddeus Kozinski, author of The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism
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I've always been of a conservative bent but have found the formulaic answers provided by the tea party and establishment conservatives largely disappointing and incomplete. The authors that have helped shape my world view include Richard Weaver, Russell Kirk, Hilaire Belloc, R.L. Dabney, Dostoevsky, Walter Scott and Eric von Kuehnelt-Leddihn to name but a few. I am, at heart, a reactionary yearning for time honored answers, approaches and sensibilities.
This modern world in which we live actively conspires to defeat an apprehension of the root causes of our civilizational decline. The intellectual tools we've been afforded are woefully inadequate to the task of analysis. Our intellectual machinery has been fouled by our educations, the popular culture and the media. This book serves as a powerful antidote to the prevailing zeitgeist. For those of us who do not have the time, commitment or, frankly, the gifts this author possesses, Ferrara's book can do that which only a few authors manage. His book will provide you with insights and perspectives that will enable you to see beyond the Matrix.
Ferrara's book is refreshing and contrarian and provides an emancipating perspective you are not likely to find elsewhere. However, bear this in mind: Ferrara pays obeisance to certain prevailing orthodoxies with which I disagree.Read more ›
This is a monumental achievement. With frankly polemical intent but judicious fairness, Ferrara brings together history, philosophy and theology to demonstrate that the so-called "Spirit of `76" -- Liberty -- was born in the Protestant Revolution, bred in the Enlightenment, and given its ultimate political expression in our (Lockean) Declaration of Independence and our ( literally) "godless Constitution." The American Revolution, far from being a "conservative" expression of the "moderate" Enlightenment, as many modern conservatives would have it, in fact represented a radical rejection of all religious influence over government, and directly inspired the even bloodier French Revolution (not to mention, in surprising ways, the Civil War). The ironic end result is an atheistic (in all but name) super-state that purports to represent the "will of the people" but which in fact recognizes no authority above its own -- in stark contrast with the supposed Catholic "tyrannies" of pre-Reformation Christendom, which explicitly recognized Christian principles as limits to and guides for their authority. The situation that both Catholic and Protestants find themselves in today -- powerless before the whims of Supreme Court justices and giant bureaucracies like the HHS -- is no accident; it is in our nation's very DNA.
This is a long book, but necessarily so: in order to debunk the many "golden legends" about the true nature and history of Liberty - that our Founders were in any way Christian, for instance -- Ferrara must adduce, and answer, the views of many who would disagree with him.Read more ›
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Ferrara really get into the cause and effect of the state in which America finds herself in today.Published 5 months ago by Acarroll
This is an extraordinary and important book that challenges our most basic assumptions as 21st century citizens of the Western world. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Michael
Fantastic book. Ultimately it is a book that shows how rotten the United States really is and that Americans have been suckers for a phony system doomed to failure. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Z-1
This book contains an erroneous and misleading statement on page 121. The statement is as follows:
“Not only Washington, but Franklin – a veritable Masonic demigod, as... Read more
This book is fantastic! Required reading for anyone trying to figure out how we arrived at the sorry condition our beloved country is in now.Published 16 months ago by John C. Stewart
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