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A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World Paperback – May 5, 2009
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“A bracing call to a new American revolution: a revolution of virtue. Give this book to friends who say there’s nothing to be done to heal a wounded culture.” (GEORGE WEIGEL, distinguished senior fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center)
“Few elements of Catholic social teaching have been more forcefully stated, or more regularly ignored, than our calling to bring Christian teachings to bear on social, political, and economic issues. Anderson seeks to bring that message home.” (MARY ANN GLENDON, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University)
“Anderson artfully weaves theory and practice, giving us a rare specimen indeed: a practical guide for idealists.” (JOHN L. ALLEN JR., senior correspondent, National Catholic Reporter)
“Anderson has written a book brimming with insights into the transforming power of Christian faith. A Civilization of Love is both a call to personal holiness and a handbook for Catholics who are prepared to take seriously Christ’s command to his disciples to be ‘salt and light’ in the world.” (ROBERT P. GEORGE, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University)
By embracing the culture of life and standing with those most marginalized . . . Christians can change the tone and direction of our culture. Anderson demonstrates that we can come together on the centrality of loving and caring for others (San Francisco Examiner)
About the Author
As Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson is the leader of the world's largest fraternal organization of Catholic laymen. Named by Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II to several Vatican commissions, Anderson is a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and the Pontifical Academy for Life, and is a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
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The purpose of the book is to explore what is the underlining crisis facing the modern world. He notes that it is not dichotomy between liberal and conservative, nor between developed nations and developing nations, nor East and West, nor Northern hemisphere vs. Southern hemisphere. Rather it is between what Pope John Paul II called the Culture of Death and the Culture of Love/Life. After all, both communism and fascism reduces the human person to objects to be controlled and used, instead of subjects to valued and cherished. It is the dichotomy between those who see human beings as only having value based on some algebra of how much they contribute to society (and/or take away from society), or those who recognize that each human being has an intrinsic value just because they Exist, because they were made in the image and likeness of God. Mr. Anderson then applies this basic understanding to a number of more specific circumstances.
This is an excellent book to read, and the reflection questions at the end of each chapter help the reader to apply what they have read to their own lives, so that they can verify what is proposed in their own experiences.
I enjoy this book and how it encourages me to think critically about society, myself and my reactions. It's a book that makes you feel good about being Christian and about being able to improve your live and how you relate to others.
This isn't a book that I was able to sit down a read cover to cover and I don't think that was the authors intent. It also is not a light read that will make you smile for a few moments before you put it down and forget about it.
It's very easy to be negative about our lives and the world around us. I've always hated those "positive self talk" books, but this book offers away to gradually try to change things instead of complaining about the negative. It is a good read for those who want to see positive change, but aren't really sure how to do it.
It has some exercises and honestly it makes you think of self improvements