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Why We Should Call Ourselves Christians: The Religious Roots of Free Societies Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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This book sets the record straight, and convincingly shatters these myths. It proves Christianity is the bedrock of our Western Culture (a fact nobody dared to question before the 20th century), and that we should not feel ashamed to recognise this fact, whether we are Christians or non believers (like the author himself).
This book explains, in clear language, the dilemma faced by our modern atheist progressives. When the Founding Fathers wrote of our fundamental rights (to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness), they stated that men were endowed by their Creator with these rights. That is to say, God endowed each of us with these fundamental rights, and they were not to be altered or taken away by any sort of human proceedings --- not voting, not revolution, not tyranny, and not machine guns.
Now, if it suddenly becomes the fashion to deny the existence of God, what happens to the foundation stones of our democracy?
This is a question our New Atheists do not like to deal with, because the obvious answer is that our fundamental, divinely-granted rights cease to have any sort of foundation in deeper reality. They become a sort of "gentleman's agreement," and such agreements ARE subject to negotiation and alteration. Much more than that, they become subject to sudden disappearance, with results such as Auschwitz and the Gulag, two solid historical facts which our New Atheists cannot deal with rationally. (They tend to mumble that Nazis were Catholics and Communism was a "religion" -- ideas which they are incapable of defending in an extended rational discussion.)
If you look into this book, this is where it will take you, and it may persuade you that Benedict XVI might have been right when Oriana Fallaci asked him what she, an atheist, should do. He calmly recommended acting as though God existed.
After all, none of us really knows, or at least so I have heard.
American readers may be taken aback by the relentlessly Statist attitude of the author, and of most of the sources he cites. It seems as though Europeans expect the central State to solve every problem, no matter how tiny, something which will strike most Americans as strange. This would be more evidence to support Daniel Hannan's thesis in Why America Must Not Follow Europe (Encounter Broadsides).
This is a very straightforward and simply written book that will throw your mind into a wrestling match with itself. What more could you ask from a book?