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Why We Should Call Ourselves Christians: The Religious Roots of Free Societies Hardcover – September 27, 2011

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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594035644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594035647
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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George Orwell, presumably in his later years, wrote (approximately), "We spent a couple of decades sawing off the branch we were sitting on, and when it broke and we fell to earth, we were astonished to discover that we had not fallen into a bed of roses, but into a nightmare of barbed wire, tyranny, machine guns and torture."

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.
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A challenging read but worth the time and energy. This does require an active reader. If you have been looking for an explanation for the foundation of our republic ( as well as why not to call it a democracy) this is your book. If you don't believe in "God given" you are left with Man given. Then, there follow all the issues as to which man or group of men will give you your rights or take them away. Understanding our foundation and why it is so special is all important to the strength and goodness of this country. This is a sequel to "Without Roots" which deals with our generalized sense of unease with the taking of ethical and political stands, and leaves us wandering the labyrinth of political correctness.
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It's unfortunately true that, in current political and philosophical discourse, Christianity is often seen as a relic of the past, a religion that has nothing to offer to the modern World. Moreover, its historical role in the development of Western Culture is portrayed in a very bad light.

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).
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An incredibly important work on why the West is so fundamentally dependent on Christian values - and the challenges to that framework by Europeans today. Anybody even remotely interested in Christianity and culture should read it. Clear and cogent (though at times philosophically challenging), I'd recommend this book to any thinking citizen of the West.
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That a book written by a non-believer has an introduction written by Pope Benedict should, by itself, intrigue you enough to want to find out why. Why did the most theologically conservative Pope of my lifetime, lend his name and endorsement to a book written by a man who does not believe in God? How can there be such an overlap between two seemingly diametrically opposed points of view?

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?
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