Publisher: Tumblar House
Publication Date: November 20, 2012
History is the record of an apocalyptic struggle between those two primordial kingdoms - that of God and that of the devil. St. Augustine saw these irreconcilable factions as the City of God and the City of Man. Both are world governments in the largest possible sense, and they are locked in mortal combat till the end of time, for nothing less than the souls of men. When "separation of Church and state" was established as a political principle in modern times, the two Cities began parting company visibly before the eyes of all, but only to square off properly and get at each other better. Like any couple whom God has joined together, Church and state can never be divorced. No matter how many fictitious decrees are handed down by the court of domestic relations, they are still married. And that precisely, is what causes all the trouble. This book covers a range of topics including Joan of Arc, Louis XVI, the political dimension of the sacred heart dimension, and of course Americanism. All focus on Utopia, that mysterious social aberration which always threatens, but never comes to fruition, because the very word means Nowhere.
An established writer before the Second Vatican Council, Solange Hertz wrote for most Catholic periodicals and had five books to her credit, one a selection of the Catholic Literary Foundation. When she refused to adjust her theology to the new “Spirit of Vatican II,” her manuscripts almost overnight became unacceptable to her former editors. After a series of articles on feminine spirituality for the old Triumph magazine, she continued speaking for tradition by successfully producing The Thought of Their Heart and Sin Revisited on her own.
As with all of her books, in Utopia Nowhere Hertz approaches history with a unique point of view:
"History is the record of an apocalyptic struggle between those two primordial kingdoms - that of God and that of the devil."
In other words, all of the important events in history can be attributed to either to God's Kingdom or Satan's, whether it be the overthrowing of a government, the emergence of democracy, the Protestant Reformation, the discovery of the New World, or any other significant event you can think of. Seeing history through this kind of lens is a fascinating journey.
The main point of Utopia Nowhere is that the revolutions in France and the North America were not so much revolutions against a king, but Christ the King. She argues that these revolutions mimic Satan's nonserviam ("I will not serve") directed toward God. In addition to that, the "equality" preached in these usurping democracies is eerily similar to the serpent's sales pitch in Eden, suggesting that if they take a bite of the apple they would be "like gods." As Huey Long, the Louisiana governor in 1935 stated, "Every man a king."
Utopia Nowhere's chapters are markedly more cohesive than most of her other books, all of which are composed by gathering various articles that she's written in the past for other publications. In addition to that, it's surprisingly more upbeat than her other books, which makes it an invigorating read. The book will continually overwhelm you with poignant, head-turning quotes that you will want to underline and remember, to the point where you may find yourself reading the book twice over to soak it up.