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An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Americaby Joseph Bottum
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Something deep in American culture has always demanded a church—a source of morality that is not owned by the hard cash of the marketplace or the angry passions of politics. For two centuries, that role was filled by American Protestantism, but as the mainline Protestant churches have collapsed in recent decades, American culture has increasingly looked to Catholicism to provide the missing piece of the nation’s soul.
In THE CATHOLIC AWAKENING, the influential Catholic neoconservative Joseph Bottum explains how the disappearance of the Protestant churches helped join the once-marginalized Catholics and Evangelicals. For two hundred years, the antagonism between Catholics and Protestants was a consistent force in America, but it has been replaced with a growing unity that represents a new political reality. Coalitions of Catholics and Protestants now have the power to swing elections and affect the way politics is conducted in this country.
From the liberal Left to the conservative Right, word is out that a group of Catholic characters have far too much influence on the Bush White House. Although Joseph Bottum finds the claims of direct influence grossly exaggerated, he shows that the truth is big enough to command our attention.
JOSEPH BOTTUM is one of the nation’s most widely published and influential essayists—and author of The Christmas Plains, classic reflections on the meaning of Christmas and the American prairie. Bottum, whose writing has appeared in The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, is the former literary editor of The Weekly Standard and editor in chief of First Things. He holds a PhD in medieval philosophy and has done television commentary for programs from NBC's Meet the Press to the PBS Evening News. Bottum Lives with his family in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
In "The Catholic Awakening," Bottum discusses the influence that Catholic beliefs regarding Natural Law philosophy, the just war theory, and the role of politicians in secular democracies have in contemporary American politics and policy.
About the Author
JOSEPH BOTTUM is the editor of First Things, the former literary editor of The Weekly Standard, and host of the nationally syndicated radio show Book Talk. His writings have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, and National Review. He lives in New York City.
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