Publication Date: April 18, 2019
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Some Christians decry the deism of our Founding Fathers, claiming that outright anti-Christian principles lie at the heart of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, crippling from birth our beloved republic.
Here philosopher Timothy Gordon forcefully disagrees, arguing that while anti-Catholic bias kept them from admitting their reliance on Aristotle, Aquinas, and the early Jesuits, our Protestant and Enlightenment Founding Fathers secretly held Catholic views about politics and nature.
Had they fully adhered to Catholic principles, argues Gordon, the "Catholic republic" that is America from its birth would not today be on the verge of social collapse. The instinctive Catholicism of our Founders would have prevented the cancerous growth of the state, our subsequent loss of liberties, the destruction of families, abortion on demand, the death of free markets, and the horrors of today's pervasive pagan culture.
In Catholic Republic, Gordon recounts our nation's clandestine history of publicly repudiating, yet privately relying on, Catholic ideas about politics and nature. At this late hour in the life of the Church and the world, America still can be saved, claims Gordon, if only we soon return to the Catholic principles that are the indispensable foundation of all successful republics.
This book is an evangelical labor, designed to contend the necessity of Catholicism for any properly conceived republic, and positioned to substantiate this argument by the contextualization of Catholic morals, broad-mindedly furnished, into the accultured federalization of the American Constitutional Republic. Gordan goads the mind here, not letting the 'catholic' liberal lay low to refuse the courageous honor of paternal right in political economy, the distributist enforce mediocrity without first recalling the association between subsidiarity and telos, the integralist white-wash the dark dangers of an all-inclusive equality between morality and legality, or the monarchist naively presume the idealist, simple equation between human gov't and the kingdom of God. Timothy is rigorous in his resources, and systematic in his intent to evangelize through political philosophy and breakdown misleading assumptions in popular (intellectual) culture by referring us back to the basics of moral theology; the simple framing of his thesis is truly edifying to the non-expert, but his picturesque painting of (a corporate merger) Protestantism and Enlightenment thought, while definitively true, permits certain slippage, a priori, both historically and philosophically, as regards his thesis, in his Introduction, Important Enough to Be a Chapter. Albeit, there is much greater merit to this work than the thesis alone, because of the systematic rigor of the book's profile in terms of self-reflection and pin-pointed application, and its immediate relevancy, this book is very thought-provocative, engaging multi-faceted inquiries, and demanding meta-physical realism take its place center stage, deposit of faith and all.