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Liberty, the God That Failed: Policing the Sacred and Constructing the Myths of the Secular State, from Locke to Obama Paperback – June 5, 2012
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"Highly readable and an intellectual landmark in Catholic ecclesiastical history. It should be read by everyone concerned with Christian theology and its political shaping of the society we live in." --Graham Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford
"An absolutely epochal achievement--one of the finest historical studies I have ever read. Every true son of an America still waiting to be transformed in Christ owes the author a boundless debt of gratitude." --John Rao (D.Phil., Oxford); Associate Professor of History, St. John's University
"I've hardly been able to put it down since I opened it. The narrative is compelling from beginning to end and a pleasure to read. Rich in learning and insight, Liberty, the God That Failed is a tour de force--a marvelous achievement!" --Patrick McKinley Brennan, John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies, Villanova University
"Ferrara is a one-man army against the juggernaut of secular Liberalism and the Leviathanian state, and in Liberty, the God That Failed, he has struck a decisive blow." --Thaddeus Kozinski, author of The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism
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- Publisher : Angelico Press (June 5, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 726 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1621380068
- ISBN-13 : 978-1621380061
- Item Weight : 2.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 1.45 x 9.21 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #381,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they have not glorified him as God, or given thanks ; but became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Romans 1:22 For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
The consequences of lip service to Christ while elevating our Self to His rightful place as our source for values and virtues are spelled out in the balance of Romans chapter 1. There's no better description of what our "culture" has become. From granting animals rights while denying rights to unborn humans to a reprobate mind that proclaims unnatural acts as equal to natural acts; it's all spelled out in detail by Paul as the inevitable consequence of following our own vain thoughts.
This book details how the legitimate desire for Liberty within reason became a means to first subvert and then overthrow Christian values replacing them with hedonism masquerading as Liberty.
It is understandable why some are disappointed in this study because truth divides and many are still unwilling to sue for divorce from their marriage to American nationalism
Ferrara's basic thesis is that the American political system, represented most clearly in our literally "godless" Constitution, was born of the political philosophy of the "moderate Enlightenment" most thoroughly articulated in the writings of John Locke. HIs point is lucidly made. The writing is exceptionally clear, and the documentation and overall scholarship are excellent. In this, it is critical to keep in mind that Locke himself lived at the time of the Stuart Restoration in England, which those who despised the revealed religion of the Catholic Church feared would bring another Catholic to the throne of England in the person of James II. Locke was actually implicated in the Rye House Plot, a failed attempt to assassinate Charles II and his brother, and ultimate successor to the throne, James II. When Catholic James II did assume upon his brother's death, the wealthy elite of England teamed with their co-conspirators in the Netherlands to bring about the so called "Glorious Revolution". So, as we see, this "moderate Enlightenment" was about as moderate as the Bolshevik Party in Revolutionary Russia.
Mr. Ferrara is much to be praised for this wonderful and important book. He refers often in the corpus of the text to his next work in the series which, if I understand the references correctly, will further explain the revolutions in Latin America and elsewhere which, like the bloody French Revolution, were direct outgrowths of the thinking and policies of the new American Secular State. I, for one, cannot wait to get my hands on the next volume and wish Christopher Ferrara God's speed in completing it. God bless.