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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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Editorial Reviews


"Chris Ferrara's book most persuasively demonstrates that negative liberty is an idol and that liberalism is the last of the ideologies. Indeed he shows that it was the basic ideology hidden behind all the others." --John Milbank, University of Nottingham, author of Theology and Social Theory

"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

About the Author

Christopher A. Ferrara is an attorney and President and Chief Counsel of the American Catholic Lawyers Association, Inc., specializing in First Amendment and civil rights law. He is the author of hundreds of articles and six books, including the widely acclaimed The Church and the Libertarian, a defense of Catholic social teaching, and The Great Facade, a co-authored study of changes in the Church since Vatican II, now considered one of the best treatments of the subject ever written.

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  • Item Weight : 2.2 pounds
  • Paperback : 726 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1621380068
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1621380061
  • Publisher : Angelico Press (June 5, 2012)
  • Product Dimensions : 6.14 x 1.45 x 9.21 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 45 ratings