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The Natural Family: A Manifesto Hardcover – June 15, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1890626709 ISBN-10: 1890626708
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As Carlson and Mero say any manifesto should, theirs includes a historical interpretation, a bill of principles, and a program for action. The family consisting of a married man and woman and their biological children has been under ideological and practical attack since the eighteenth century, more powerfully than ever before from the 1960s on. Against this history, they pose the principles of a revivified profamily movement, the central one of which is that the family, not the individual, is the basic unit of society. To restore the family in the U.S., they advocate family-friendly tax policies, legal protections for marriage, the family wage (i.e., sufficient to support a child-rearing spouse and children), homeschooling, controls on abortion and contraception rather than population growth, incentives to home ownership and home enterprise, and other measures. The chapters following the manifesto proper bolster the historical interpretation, marshal social-science evidence supportive of the principles, and expand upon the action proposals. Perhaps the most succinct, thorough, and impressive profamily argument yet made. Olson, Ray

About the Author

ALLAN C. CARLSON, PH.D., inaugurated the World Congress of Families in 1997. The founder of the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society, he has served as a distinguished fellow at the Family Research Council. The author of nine books, he has written for the Wall Street Journal, Touchstone, and Intercollegiate Review, and is the editor of The Family in America.

PAUL T. MERO worked for several years on Capitol Hill and is now the president of the Sutherland Institute, a public policy think-tank in Salt Lake City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Spence Publishing Company (June 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890626708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890626709
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,539,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Kidd on October 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book, The Natural Family, a manifesto. Wonderfully written, well cited. I enjoyed each and every page. I woke up one morning to C-Span book TV, the co-authors were speaking on behalf of the book, I purchased it on Amazon as soon as I could get to the mouse. Truly inspiring to see a roadmap to the world I've always dreamed possible in this day and age. We are fighting a war to preserve a natural way of life, anyone interested in having a truly satisfying existence would find this book a great comfort. My wife is divorcing me currently, I have shared the book with her and I am anxious to see if it provides positive argument enough for her to rethink our marriage and having more children, as I have always hoped for.
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By D. Butler on August 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Amazing Book. Simply wonderful defense for an institution under siege from almost all quarters. We need to work for a rejuvination of the Natural Family and here is some very thoughtful argumentation to help us do it.
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This is the best Christian, although it seems to have a bit of a secular and Catholic slant, on the subject of the Natural Family and Birth Control.
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