- Paperback: 238 pages
- Publisher: Vital Issues Pr; First Edition edition (August 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563840367
- ISBN-13: 978-1563840364
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,860,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Jewish Conservative Looks at Pagan America Paperback – August, 1992
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"This, ladies and gentlemen," he concludes, "is the essence of the Jewish mission: to persuade humanity that someone indeed is watching us, one to whom we all are ultimately accountable. On the success or failure of this mission the fate of the world hinges."
Amen. And all of Feder's writings turn on this mission in one way or another, both in this volume and in his later _Who's Afraid of the Religious Right?_ (and in his regular column, which interested readers will find on the website of the Jewish World Review). Handily smashing the idols of the modern, secularist left, Feder takes no prisoners in his reclamation of the moral high ground for the Judeo-Christian tradition which provides the foundation of United States society and culture -- or did, before that culture was debased and it became necessary to speak, as Feder's title does, of "pagan America."
There is a lot at stake here, and Feder knows it. He writes with both passion and wit in expounding a wide range of conservative positions, but at the center is his view of the Jewish mission as outlined above -- a mission he is undoubtedly doing his bit to fulfill.Read more ›
This work constitutes a hodgepodge of his efforts with a few speeches thrown in for good measure. As usual, he does not eschew taboo topics. There is a certain irony to his persuasive essay "Returning Christ to Christmas;" in which an orthodox Jew articulates the authentic argument that most Christians are sadly now reluctant to make.
Page after page demonstrates Mr. Feder's ability to be sublimely succinct. While nearly any passage could be sited as an inducement to purchase this compilation, a few random examples will suffice. Discussing humanism, he postulates the controversial truth, "without God, morality is impossible; right and wrong become matters of personal preferences." Similarly, on relativism and the widely spoken falsehood that one person's values are as valid as another's, Feder asks, "what makes the Judeo-Christian ethic superior to modern paganism? What makes the volunteer at a drug rehab center better than a schoolyard pusher?...What makes the morality of those who hid Jews during the Holocaust superior to those who killed them?" And to show his astute use of sarcasm regarding obscene rap performers 2 Live Crew, he puts forth "the rap group is to music what toilet-stall graffiti is to literature." These selections are indicative of the wit and wisdom that permeates Don Feder's oeuvre, and this work is typical of his canny reasoning and literary prowess.
Although it was initially published in 1993, the anthology has not become dated. Most of the topics he discusses are timeless; the articles' urgency is as relevant today or in certain cases far more so.
SO WHAT about his kid's problems? (with reference to another reviewer). Even the best teachers and philosophers and great thinkers have had occasional family problems. Take Einstein, for instance. He disrespected his wife terribly, and didn't know how to maintain a positive relationship with her. But if he were to write a book today, I would not criticize his book by pointing to his private life. That would be wrong. Also, if people really knew Einstein's politics, many would not consider him so smart. However, there's a difference between being "smart" and being "intelligent". The man was intelligent, no question about it.
As another example, if it were a requirement that religious preachers be perfect, then none could teach. Even the most hypocritical preacher in the business, can still preach the truth, and benefit those who take that truth seriously. IT MATTERS LESS IF HE IS "HYPOCRITICAL" IN HIS PERSONAL LIFE, BUT MORE THAT HE SPEAKS THE TRUTH.
Hypocrisy matters mainly when a person is running for office, or holds a judicial seat, and they try to impose laws than would likely not affect themselves or their loved ones. It also matters when you investigate their voting record, and you find that it doesn't match the so-called position that they claim to have.
All in all, I highly recommend this author's book, and his others, as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don Feder, a syndicated columnist and editorial writer for the Boston Herald published a collection of his columns, all published during the past decade, entitled A Jewish... Read morePublished on March 19, 2009 by Gerard Reed
What the author of the book lacks in logic he makes up in angry rethoric. Feder simply makes no attempt at following the most elementary use of logic. Read morePublished on June 21, 2006 by J Taylor
As Marxism/Liberalism dominates all platforms of religious, political and social areas of todays "civilized" society Mr. Read morePublished on March 24, 2006 by Sir Lancelot
"Can an eleven-year old tell the difference?" To quote Feder himself there. Oh, think of the children.
First thing I did when I received the book was read the back. Read more
Don Feder was so busy focusing on other people's families when he wrote this book that his own son got expelled from the entire state public school system as a danger to his fellow... Read morePublished on June 19, 2002
At last- a "media-man" who relates ALL the facts about the deterioration of America's social structure- its "soul"! Read morePublished on September 9, 2000