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Uncivil Society: Government's War Against God and the Plight of the Christian Citizen Paperback – March 1, 2010

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A solid case for limited government founded on Christian principles. Highly recommended.
--Conservative Monitor Book Review

Here is a book I wish I could have written! Adam Mersereau directs his powerful biblical faith with laser-like intensity and accuracy upon the present realities of Western civilization, and particularly, its American expression. The result is a book of penetrating social analysis, solid biblical interpretation, and, through it all, a clear call to the courage of our Christian conviction and to the promise of our ultimate hope in Christ. Read it and be inspired. --Dr. Howard Edington, Senior Pastor (Ret.), First Presbyterian Church, Orlando, Florida

You hold in your hand a thoroughly biblical guide through the landmine-riddled field of political engagement and activism during times of turmoil and hostility. This guide will serve to make you less fearful and reactionary, and more courageous and faithful as you await that greatest of days when the kingdom of the world [will] become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever (Revelation 11:15). --Richard Cain, Senior Pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

About the Author

Adam G. Mersereau's articles on political and cultural issues have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, The Human Life Review, Touchstone Magazine, Worldview Magazine, The American Thinker, Breakpoint, American Thinker, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A former officer in the United States Marine Corps, but now a practicing attorney, he served as an ordained Ruling Elder in the PCA and has taught Bible classes in various evangelical forums for more than ten years.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge-Logos Foundation (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882704265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882704265
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,477,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ADAM G. MERSEREAU has written on political, cultural, and religious issues in The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, The Human Life Review, Touchstone Magazine, Worldview Magazine, American Thinker, Breakpoint, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A former officer in the United States Marine Corps and now a practicing attorney, Adam was previously ordained as a Ruling Elder in the PCA, and has taught Bible classes in various evangelical forums for more than ten years.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tozman on May 28, 2010
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Remember the old adage, "Never discuss religion and politics"? Well this book tackles both and poignantly reveals how the two are intertwined, yet separate. This is not a book that will rile you and leave you with a "Hell in a handbasket" mindset. Quite the opposite, in fact. It rises above the constant insanity and decay of our culture and makes the big picture, the important picture, clear to all who seek it. Not what I expected. I kept waiting for the "Bash Pelosi/Obama" chapter, as is common in many conservative oriented political books I have read. About half-way through the book I realized that is not what this book is about. It's much deeper. Very few books can challenge/change my thinking. This is one of those books. Mr. Mersereau has created a very thought-provoking piece of work. His biblical knowledge is obviously thorough and penetrating. I have read the Bible from cover to cover but failed to understand it the way he does. I especially liked the chapter "New Definitions for Life and Marriage". Absolutely outstanding. (Especially the comparison of abortion to slavery). By far the best analyses I have encountered on these topics. Definitely not the kind of tired rhetoric you will get from the media (left or right). My second favorite part was the part that talked about how God never promised us a Christian government. Absolutely brilliant. I never thought about the subject in that manner, but after reflecting on it I realized that I have allowed my own disgust with society and government to embitter my soul with angst and hatred. Reading this book gave me a means to find peace amongst the madness. The most memorable quote from the book is "Love your neighbor, not your neighborhood".Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cookieman on May 26, 2010
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I just finished "Uncivil Society" and was impressed with the clarity and conciseness that the author used to express his points. As a Christian, I have been very disturbed by the turn of events in this world for the past 30 years (especially the 2008 elections), however the author points out that the Lord never became involved with politics or policies while on this earth, He was only involved with directing our minds, hearts, and spirit to Him.

The move by the government to push God out of everything here on earth , in our educational system, in our government, is just the way things are going to go until Jesus returns and there is a new world for those who believe in Him.

With satan the "prince of darkness" and the "ruler of this world," we can't expect this world to get better or more responsible. I especially liked the section where he says that we are to love our neighbor, not our neighborhood. The author was demonstrating how faith in the Lord is a personal, individual calling and not a calling to improve our towns or country. The great commission is given to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, but to take it to the individual for his conversion.

I would highly recommend this book to those who are looking for a way to come to grip with things that are happening in our Country, our world, education, and government. The author makes clear what we are seeing today is no accident.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kip312 on August 10, 2010
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I am probably no different from many Christians who struggle with living out one's principals in this post-modern age. Politics is just one arena where it can be challenging to maintain one's convictions and still "engage". I was hopeful that this book would be more than just a survey of God and government, but would actually give me some practical tools to put to use.

I found most useful the author's deep dive into two controversial subjects, abortion and gay marriage. After reading, I felt much more equipped and prepared to engage in the political debate on both topics. In fact, our church participates in a right to life support parade, and my convictions about participating were emboldened after reading the section on abortion. I was even moved to share the chapter with some of the church leadership, as I was aware of some of our fellow members discomfort with trying to explain and defend their own conviction about the subject.

I also really benefitted from the authors reminders of several fundamental truths about government. That it was established by God to restrain evil after the Fall. That authority was delegated to humans, but being a believer isn't a pre-requisite for leadership. That as Christians, we are not just to be compliant citizens, but are expected to submit to authority (the sign of a mature Christian). Given where our current administration is taking us, it was also reassuring to be reminded that government is not a substitute for the church. Jesus, not our government, will ultimately save us. All of these serve as great reminders of the bigger picture, especially in light of the 24 hour news treadmill that can sometimes lead to a state of despondency.
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Many Christians struggle with the question of what should be the role of government in our society. Does the Bible support big government with complex social programs or small government that empowers the individual? The author presents an articulate and logical analysis of these issues from a conservative biblical worldview that provides the reader with a deeper understanding of today's culture.

Adam Merserereau is a lawyer by trade with expertise in clarifying controversial topics. He has written several articles on a variety of public concerns that have appeared in major newspapers as well as conservative and religious magazines..

He reviews the the purpose for government as established by God in the Garden of Eden.
All men are created equal and in the image of God is the foundation for civil rights. The power of government must be distinct from Biblical doctrine due to the Fall of man and separation of Church and State is God's design with Moses as public leader and Aaron as .priest. When government challenges God's authority in defining what truth, there is conflicting opinions on gay marriage, abortion and collectivism. He debunks the idea of neutrality in law. No law is morally neutral because all laws encourage or discourage a specific behavior. Roe v Wade allows citizens to chose life or death of fetuses in a manner equivalent to killing nonendangered animals.

The author provides useful definitions of conservatives and liberals as a function of their respective worldviews. Convervatives tend to believe that government can mitigate the effects of the Fall, but realize that government is a temporary and necessary evil.
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