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It Is Right and Just: Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion by [Scott Hahn, Brandon McGinley]

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"In this clear-sighted book, Hahn and McGinley make the bold claim that true religion is a matter of fundamental justice in our relationship with God, essential not only to our eternal destiny but to human flourishing here on earth. They further argue that liberal secular societies are fundamentally idolatrous, and so doomed to falsehood and collapse. Yet there is hope. For true religion can rejuvenate persons, families, communities, societies, and civilization itself."
Jeffrey Mirus, PhD, Founder and President of Trinity Communications and Co-founder of Christendom College

"Religion, modern secularists say, is irrelevant to modern justice and law. It even poses a threat to our national life together. This lie—that religion is designed for individuals and not for societies—is busted in less than 200 pages of exquisite insight and urgency. Hahn and McGinley don't merely demolish; they call us to rebuild, reconsider and recover the public nature of religion, 'the virtue of virtues' according to Thomas Aquinas. Their robust vision of Catholic truth integrates and unites what most modern thinkers have divorced and separated: Faith and reason, individual rights and the common good, the public and the private. They show how the universal call to holiness leads to the sanctification of society. In their vision, building the Church inevitably blesses the nations. This is dynamite. 'How ought we to order our lives together?' was Aristotle's first political question. John Paul II answered: 'Build a civilization of love.' Hahn and McGinley demonstrate that it is our cult, our liturgy, that is the fountainhead for such a civilization and culture. Get this book. Read it. Enjoy it. Chew it. Pray it. Share it."
Al Kresta, Author, President and CEO of Ave Maria Radio, and host of Kresta in the Afternoon

"Human beings are religious by nature. This is irrepressible in us. We have an innate desire to render what is due to God. Yet liberalism, first through indifference, and then through hostility to true religion, misdirects souls away from their highest good. In so doing, liberalism also misdirects civilization itself. Hahn and McGinley have given us a marvelous book which not only correctly diagnoses what ails our civilization but shows us the cure."
C.C. Pecknold, Associate Professor of Theology, The Catholic University of America

"The privatization of faith has sickened our culture, and Hahn and McGinley and show us how many of the faithful have been infected. It Is Right and Just offers a lens through which to realign lives with true religion—that is, with Jesus Christ. I highly recommend this much needed, clear and enlightening work!"
Curtis Martin, Founder and CEO of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS)

--Endorsements

"Religion is meant to reconnect us to the very source of who we are: beings created by a loving creator. I hope that many are able to read this book and be guided toward a brighter future and a stronger civilization."
Bishop Joseph Strickland, Diocese of Tyler, Texas

"Hahn and McGinley masterfully remind a spellbound secular culture of a long-forgotten, sobering fact about the Faith: it's true, and the truth makes demands of us in private life as well as in politics."
Michael Knowles, Host of The Michael Knowles Show at The Daily Wire

"With characteristic lucidity and plainspoken joy, Hahn and McGinley debunk the central myth of modernity—namely, the myth of 'secularity.'In doing so, they remind us of an essential truth: that the God of the Bible demands not just our individual devotion, but the love and obeisance of our communities."
Sohrab Ahmari, Op-ed editor, New York Post, and author of The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos

"It is already often a fireable offense to profess Christian viewpoints in public, and the State threatens to clamp down even harder, having demonized Christianity as bigotry. As a result, for Catholic thinkers who are sympathetic to aspects of political liberalism—and I include myself among such thinkers—the question is whether this situation represents the inevitably idolatrous consequence of political liberalism's refusal to favor any tradition of divine worship, or whether it instead represents a distortion of political liberalism, which like any good thing can be distorted and abused. Hahn and McGinley weigh in with a lucid and penetrating case for the prosecution!"
Matthew Levering, PhD, James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary

--Endorsements --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Dr. Scott Hahn is the Fr. Michael Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. Founder and President of the St. Paul Center, Dr. Hahn has been married to Kimberly since 1979; they have six children and nineteen grandchildren. The author or editor of over forty popular and academic books, Dr. Hahn's works include best-selling titles Rome Sweet Home, The Lamb's Supper, and The First Society.

Brandon McGinley is a Catholic writer and speaker based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked in politics for several years, including pro-life and pro-family advocacy with the Pennsylvania Family Institute. Most recently, he was the editor for EWTN Publishing. McGinley's work has appeared in the Washington Post, First Things, the Catholic Herald, Plough, and The Lamp, among other venues. He speaks around the country on topics ranging from Catholic family life to friendship to Church renewal. He is a 2010 graduate of Princeton University, where he met his wife, Katie. They have four young children.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN : B08NFJV6MD
  • Publisher : Emmaus Road Publishing (November 12, 2020)
  • Publication date : November 12, 2020
  • Language : English
  • File size : 5607 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 200 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A manifesto for a Catholic political and cultural order
By Dr. Peter A. Kwasniewski on December 15, 2020
Just a few years ago, the term "integralism" was not much more than a sneer -- a sort of cocktail party word dropped by self-consciously modern Catholics to show their superiority to narrow "pre-conciliar" ways of thinking. When I first dove into traditional Catholic thought and worship in the 90s, this term was usually joined at the hip with Maurras and Action Française.

In the past decade or so, things have rapidly progressed, for two reasons. First, the old Vatican II guard, either in its progressivist wing or in its ever-hopeful (neo)conservative mold, has been expiring, has lost its oomph. Weigel right now reads like a loaf of stale bread fit for the pigeons. Second, scholars of a younger generation, reading and thinking more widely and more deeply, are rediscovering sources (a real ressourcement) and asking difficult questions about modern liberalism and the myth of Church/State separation and neutrality. Michael Hanby's work in First Things, and the general trend of First Things itself, tells a tale in this regard.

More recently still, the work of Pater Edmund Waldstein, Fr. Thomas Crean, Alan Fimister, and others featured on the website The Josias, has revived integralism as a viable and indeed compelling alternative to the standard narrative of a lasting peace achieved between modernity and the Church. In reality, as we can see all around us, the surrender of the Church to a secularizing worldview has accomplished without open bloodshed what centuries of pagan Roman persecution could not: the extirpation of religion as a vital force within and toward and above the State.

I was therefore delighted to see this new book co-authored by Scott Hahn and Brandon McGinley, "It is Right and Just: Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion," which I would describe as integralism mainstreamed. Their central motif is the inherently and irreducibly public nature of religion (going back to its original robust conception as we find it, e.g., in Aquinas) and the need not only for individuals to embrace the true religion but also for societies and their governing laws and structures to embody it. Sound familiar? Yes. It sounds like Pius IX's "Quanta Cura" and Pius XI's "Quas Primas."

This book is endlessly quotable -- every page has highlightable matter. Let me just offer a tidbit:

"When we ignore the necessarily public and social implications of grace, the result is not liberation and independence, but slavery to a never-ending parade of less beneficent idols, powers, and authorities. While the Church can never coerce someone into receiving the sacraments, treating them as nothing more than sectarian beliefs or take-them-or-leave-them spiritual accessories isn't a costless strategic accommodation to pluralism but a denial of their very reality. Grace is for everyone, and everyone needs it. The Church is for everyone, and everyone needs her. Christ is for everyone, and everyone needs Him. This is where the vertical and horizontal axes of justice meet: We owe Him our worship, and in turn, we accept and cooperate with the divine aid we need to bring and to sustain His heavenly peace here on earth. Without the former, the latter is impossible." (119-20)

The table of contents alone tells you what the book is going to argue and successfully does argue:

1. The Opium of the Masses
2. Natural Religion
3. Religion Is a Matter of Justice
4. Justice Is Individual and Communal.
5. Religion Forms Societies
6. There's No Escaping Religion
7. Liberal Societies Are Necessarily Secular
8. Secularism Is Idolatry
9. The Genesis and Effects of Idolatry
10. Secularism Is Unjust
11. Civilization Requires True Religion
12. True Religion Integrates Individuals' Lives
13. True Religion Gives Form to Families
14. True Religion Brings Unity to Societies
15. The Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion

Ladies and gentlemen, this book is nothing less than a manifesto for a Catholic political and cultural order, in full continuity with the integralist tradition of the Church that was derailed in the 20th century. If I were to offer a course in Catholic Social Teaching, I would make it one of the required readings. (Another required reading would be Crean & Fimister's Integralism textbook.)
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