By Richard John Neuhaus
Christians are through their nature a humans misplaced. Their real house is with God; in civic existence, they're alien voters “in yet now not of the world.” In American Babylon, eminent theologian Richard John Neuhaus examines the actual fact of that ambiguity for Catholics in the US today.Neuhaus addresses the basic quandaries of Catholic life—assessing how Catholics can retain their heads above water within the sea of immorality that confronts them on the planet, how they are often patriotic even supposing their real kingdom isn't during this international, and the way they could reconcile their tasks as voters with their dedication to God. Deeply realized, usually combative, and constantly eloquent, American Babylon is Neuhaus’s magnum opus—and could be crucial analyzing for all Christians.
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America’s vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one. From the day of our Founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has rights, and dignity, and matchless value, because they bear the image of the Maker of Heaven and earth. Across the generations we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave. Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation. It is the honorable achievement of our fathers.
For Augustine, the biblical narrative provides the drama of which we are part. City of God weaves into that narrative Augustine’s penetrating insights into the possibilities and limits of the human condition. He is a master of subtlety in analyzing the desires, both rightly and wrongly ordered, of the human heart. ” It is the sensibility of the pilgrim through time who resolutely resists the temptation to despair in the face of history’s disappointments and tragedies, and just as resolutely declines the delusion of having arrived at history’s end.
The inspiration of the “errand into the wilderness” resonates also in the Great Seal of the United States of America printed on the back of every dollar bill, declaring this America to be a novus ordo seclorum—a new order for the ages. Again, the ecclesiological intimations appear; here is a new church, and one hears in the background the voice of the one who promised that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Thus was born what some call the American civil religion, a religion that is intricately intertwined with the religion that most Americans call Christianity.
American Babylon: Notes of a Christian Exile by Richard John Neuhaus