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Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life Hardcover – August 12, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Religion (August 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385522282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385522281
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Advance Praise for Render unto Caesar

“Using arguments from history as well as the wisdom of the world’s greatest thinkers, Archbishop Chaput urges Catholics to live our faith without compromise and to use our faith as the foundation for renewing American society in the twenty-first century. His tone is one of ‘now or never,’ and his presentation is crisp, intelligent, and accessible to a wide audience. This is an important book for Catholics to read and consider if we are truly to make a difference in the public square. Archbishop Chaput has made a unique and significant contribution to the Church and the nation at a time when voices like his are needed to be raised and heard.”
—Very Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M., President, The Catholic University of America

“At a time when the ‘faith and values’ vote has never been more important, Archbishop Charles Chaput deftly explores the intersection of morality, reason, and politics. This isn’t just a book for Catholics, but for anyone who cares about the state of America’s soul —and how that concern might shape the 2008 elections.”
—John L. Allen Jr., NCR and CNN senior Vatican correspondent

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Advance Praise for Render unto Caesar

“Using arguments from history as well as the wisdom of the world’s greatest thinkers, Archbishop Chaput urges Catholics to live our faith without compromise and to use our faith as the foundation for renewing American society in the twenty-first century. His tone is one of ‘now or never,’ and his presentation is crisp, intelligent, and accessible to a wide audience. This is an important book for Catholics to read and consider if we are truly to make a difference in the public square. Archbishop Chaput has made a unique and significant contribution to the Church and the nation at a time when voices like his are needed to be raised and heard.”
—Very Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M., President, The Catholic University of America

“At a time when the ‘faith and values’ vote has never been more important, Archbishop Charles Chaput deftly explores the intersection of morality, reason, and politics. This isn’t just a book for Catholics, but for anyone who cares about the state of America’s soul —and how that concern might shape the 2008 elections.”
—John L. Allen Jr., NCR and CNN senior Vatican correspondent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The book is well written and very interesting.
Frank F. Lozano
It's also an excellent guide for Catholics- to help them better understand why the Church expects them to bring their faith experience to the political arena.
John P. Ryan
That is why I loved his book and respect him as a courageous man.
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113 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Walters VINE VOICE on August 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
One of the most unfortunate consequences of both the US tradition of church/state separation and the evangelical protestant insistence that religion is primarily what goes on between the individual and God is the privatization of faith. The good Christian, so this perspective has it, compartmentalizes his or her faith, keeping it a personal, private affair. Issues of public policy and morality are best left to the secular powers and principalities.*

In his excellent Render Unto Caesar, Archbishop Charles Chaput invites Christian readers (and especially Roman Catholic ones) to rethink this position. The heart of Chaput's thesis is nicely expressed toward the end of the book. Drawing upon the long tradition of Catholic social teachings, Chaput argues that the Church as an institution and the individual Christian as a follower of Christ have the obligation to speak truth to power. This doesn't mean that he endorses either a theocracy or a government controlled by Christians. It does mean that the Church and her members live up to their prophetic calling as ambassadors of the Prince of Peace. As Chaput writes toward the end of his book,

"The Church claims no right to dominate the secular realm. But she has every right - in fact an obligation - to engage secular authority and to challenge those wielding it to live the demands of justice. In this sense, the Catholic Church cannot stay, has never stayed, and never will stay 'out of politics.' Politics involves the exercise of power. The use of power has moral content and human consequences. And the well-being and destiny of the human person is very much the concern, and the special competence, of the Christian community" (pp. 217-18).
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118 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Michael Degnan on August 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read this overnight and couldn't put it down. Chaput has an easy, engaging writing style, but don't let that fool you. He has a deep grasp of history and a forceful message about the role of Catholic faith in shaping and humanizing the public square. He deals with all the tough issues, but this is not primarily a book about abortion or Communion wars or which political party is good or bad. It's much richer and more challenging than than that. This is simply the best book I've read about the American Catholic political vocation. If you want to know what the words "American and Catholic" really mean, read this book.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Steven K. Szmutko VINE VOICE on September 7, 2008
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Matters of faith and politics have often been decried as separate with many politicians seeking to gain power either cultivating men and women of faith or disparaging them as "fanatics", whose convictions should be relegated to the Sunday pew and not lived in everyday life and society in general. As political parties and candidates pander to voter interests, they seem compelled to tell persons of faith that their way is the best way and the only way -- just vote for them and you will have more services, lower taxes, greater freedom, more regulation, abundant entitlements, and a bright shining future. They encourage people to vote their conscience (on matters upon which they agree) and to keep their opinions to themselves (when their beliefs differ from the political elite or that blessed sacred cow -- the secular media). With respect to religion, Christians and Catholics in particular are often told to separate their beliefs and their faith from politics, as if our beliefs can somehow be compartmentalized and restricted to an hour each Saturday or Sunday. To advance their particular agenda, it is as if religion has no place in American society. Thus, for many in this country, a national religion has already been established -- POLITICS.

Charles J. Chaput, OFM Capuchin, is the Archbishop of Denver. Of Canadian and Native American ancestry, he is noted as a conservative and a fierce defender of the Catholic Faith. In RENDER UNTO CAESAR, he reminds American Catholics that they cannot be individuals who remain isolated in their faith. Faithful Citizenship demands that they form their consciences in accordance with the truth in order to make sound moral choices in public life as well as private worship.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T. Faranda on September 16, 2008
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One of the more outspoken - and sensible - Bishops in the U.S. today is Charles Chaput, the Capuchin Francisican Archbishop of Denver. As a New Yorker, I can only hope that when Cardinal Egan retires from the Archdiocese, the Pope will move Chaput to New York.

In any event Archbishop Chaput has a timely and excellent book, with the sub-title "Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political life".

It's timely, of course, because we are now in the political season, and the controversy continues about the role of religious belief and practice in the public arena.

And it is excellent, as Chaput lays out an approach for religious people in general and Catholics in particular, to weigh in on the great issues of the day. The book is a quick read, at 235 pages and 12 chapters. Each chapter is peppered with historic examples and backed up by biblical quotes and church teachings.

Here are some examples: chapter three titled "Why We're Here" starts with a brief analysis of Victor Frankl's classic book "Man's Search for Meaning" and then discusses the role of the Church and Catholic laity in bringing Catholic values into the arena of public ideas.

Chapter seven is entitled "What Went Wrong" and offers 21 pages about the reforms and problems which arose from Vatican II, with Chaput feeling that some reforms did not go far enough and others were hijacked by people with their own agenda.

Chapter nine is entitled "A Man for All Seasons" as Chaput discusses the jurist and advisor to Henry the VIIIth, St. Thomas More.
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