Book of the Month, Feb 2021 – It Is Right and Just – Part 3

+JMJ+ Today is the last Monday in February and so this is Part 3 of our first Catholic Book of the MonthIt Is Right and Just, by Scott Hahn and Brandon McGinley. It’s also the last post for this book (in this series, anyway). Next Monday is the first Monday of the month, so it will be time for another post in the Re-Reading the New Age series. Let’s get to it. Notes and links will be at the end of the post.

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Book of the Month, Feb 2021 – It Is Right and Just – Part 2

+JMJ+ Welcome to the second episode (I like the way that sounds!) of our first Catholic Book of the Month series, featuring It Is Right and Just, by Scott Hahn and Brandon McGinley. It was written for just such a time as this. I sensed that it was going to be an important book when I was poring over the sample I downloaded, but as I began reading the book this weekend, I realized it’s even more timely and important than I thought, making it the perfect choice for our first Book of the Month. If you haven’t read last week’s post about it yet, you may want to check that out, especially for the two videos included in it, interviews with Scott Hahn about the book. There will be notes and links at the end of this post.

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Book of the Month, Feb 2021 – It Is Right and Just

+JMJ+ Sometime around 2008 I was searching for a book in a local Barnes & Noble. (Wow, that seems like a lifetime ago now.) The author I was looking for was Plato, the book, The Republic. Another customer standing nearby asked me what I was looking for and for which class did I have to read it. I told him I’m a Catholic and read somewhere that Plato saw religion as a public, not private, thing and necessary for society. Turns out this customer was a teacher of philosophy at a nearby college (Baptist, I think) and he offered to help me choose a good translation because he, too, thought I should read it.

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Manhattan Declaration and Birmingham connection

DomeI was reading the Manhattan Declaration all the way through and looking at the list of original signers again and I just noticed this: one of the three members of the drafting committee is Timothy George, Dean and Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School*, Samford 
University. That’s right here in Birmingham! (I suppose it would actually be in Homewood, which is right outside of but not part of Birmingham properly speaking.) How about that? Made me smile when I saw it. Oh, here’s another local signer: Dr. David Platt, Pastor, Church at Brook Hills. Well, well, whaddaya know? Other names of note (that I noted because I recognize them) are listed below.  Continue reading “Manhattan Declaration and Birmingham connection”

The Manhattan Declaration, A Call of Christian Conscience

The Manhattan Declaration

I just signed a very important and historic document. I hope you will read on and that you will add your name, whether you are Christian or not, to the growing list of Evangelical, Orthodox and Catholic Christians and other citizens who are uniting “to protect the intrinsic dignity of the human person and to stand for the common good.” In signing this document, I consider myself to be in excellent company. Here is the Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience, with the original signers listed at the end it. Continue reading “The Manhattan Declaration, A Call of Christian Conscience”