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A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World [Paperback]

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Pages   220
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 5, 2009
Publisher   HarperOne
ISBN  0061335320  
EAN  9780061335327  

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Counsels readers on how to draw on the beliefs and example of Pope John Paul II in order to lovingly change the world, in a call to action that addresses such topics as embracing marginalized populations and resolving differences.

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Now Includes a Survey of the Popes' Statements on Building a "Civilization of Love"

Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, surveys the history-changing ideas of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, and brings a message of inclusion and hope in the midst of a battle between the culture of death and the culture of life, providing a road map to help Christians understand their role in the world.

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CARL ANDERSON, "New York Times "bestselling author, is the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the Knights of Columbus. He held various positions of the Executive Office of the President from 1983 to 1987, was a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and has taught at the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Rome. FR. JOSE GRANADOS is assistant professor of patrology and sytematic theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Carl Anderson was born in 1953.

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Civilizing the World  Dec 17, 2008
"A Civilization of Love" by Carl Anderson,the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus,is an excellent tome about living the moral life and the promotion of social justice. Anderson addresses the concerns of immigration,poverty, work, and the family. It's sort of like a workbook with the questions for reflection at the end of each chapter.

"Civilization of Love" brings in philosophy and Scripture,powerfully synthesizing the two. It's not a case of either/or. It's sophisticated reading for the everyday person. Anderson even prophetically brings in the subprime mortgage crisis in "Ethics in the Workplace." Though he is conservative, Anderson does not believe in a capitalism that makes the rich richer while the poor get poorer. One doubts he was happy when Detroit's Big Three flew to Washington DC in their posh private planes.

"Civilization of Love" is also refreshing. It's not the usual negative polemic when it comes to family issues. "A Domestic Church" is more about building up families than say,tearing into LGBTQ families. He's harsh on divorce,however. The family needs support-but not by ripping others.

"A Continent of Baptized Christians" is a bit utopian. There will always be non-Catholics and non-Christians. It's an impossible dream (besides,the means to it would be a nightmare) It's about living the Faith,not being the dominant group...or clique.

"Civilization of Love" is essential for any Catholic library.
Awesome Read  Dec 8, 2008
An awesome book on the way we should be living and a target pathway for all peoples to be following to reach salvation.
Understanding the REAL crisis facing modern society.  Nov 30, 2008
This book is written by Carl Anderson, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, one of the largest Catholic fraternal organizations. Prior to reading this book, I knew nothing about Mr. Anderson's background. Since reading the book, I have come to realize that he is a gifted writer and thinker. While having a respectable educational resume, he has an excellent ability to explain things in terms that the average reader can understand. The reason for this is because he does not focus on abstract ideas, but rather shares from his own experience, and experiences that most people can identify with.

The purpose of the book is to explore what is the underlining crisis facing the modern world. He notes that it is not dichotomy between liberal and conservative, nor between developed nations and developing nations, nor East and West, nor Northern hemisphere vs. Southern hemisphere. Rather it is between what Pope John Paul II called the Culture of Death and the Culture of Love/Life. After all, both communism and fascism reduces the human person to objects to be controlled and used, instead of subjects to valued and cherished. It is the dichotomy between those who see human beings as only having value based on some algebra of how much they contribute to society (and/or take away from society), or those who recognize that each human being has an intrinsic value just because they Exist, because they were made in the image and likeness of God. Mr. Anderson then applies this basic understanding to a number of more specific circumstances.

This is an excellent book to read, and the reflection questions at the end of each chapter help the reader to apply what they have read to their own lives, so that they can verify what is proposed in their own experiences.
Excellent Critique of Modern Society from an Authentically Catholic Viewpoint  Oct 3, 2008
"A Civilization of Love" is a quick read but it packs a lot of authentic Catholic social teaching. What I really liked about this book is how it focused on a broad set of social issues that span the political spectrum. Too often prominent Catholics focus their attention on either conservative issues (abortion, homosexuality, divorce, contraception, euthanasia, etc.) or liberal ones (poverty, environmentalism, workers' rights, immigration, etc). Mr. Anderson discusses the importance of ALL of these things to Catholics and how they are ALL part and parcel of our "culture of death".

All of these issues stem in his view from a society that "sees human beings as the products of blind, mechanical, and amoral forces, one in which human life has only a kind of quantitative, economic value. Individuals are see as units of production or consumption, and those who cannot prove they have value in these terms are increasingly subject to removal."

As noted in previous reviews, the author does have a rather annoying tendency to name-drop. I think he was trying to lend credence to his arguments by implying that they are supported by high level members of the Church hierarchy. But it came off as rather un-Christian boastfulness. Jesus got his message across pretty effectively without constant mention of His high-level connections, know what I mean?

All in all, I highly recommend this book for all Catholics interested in making this world a better place.
Geared more toward the board-member and UN-ambassador set  Oct 2, 2008
I found the book a little dry and, for the most part, not very relevant to my life. If I were on a board of directors, or working for the UN, I might have found this book more relevant.

Some excerpts:

p. 50: "Ironically, this French intellectual embraced by the political Left had breathed new life into the legacy of the German philosophical icon of the Nazis: Friedrich Nietzsche - at least in regard to how Sartre had advanced the rejection of Christianity, Christian morality, and indeed any traditional criteria for judging moral conduct."

p. 100: "But our experience of industrialization within Western nations during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries should make us better appreciate the experiences of the equally dramatic course of economic development globally, especially the impact on poor, developing countries."

p. 150: "Fears of an imagined Catholic fifth column or the alleged subservience of American Catholics to a 'foreign prince' are, for the overwhelming majority of Americans, a thing of the past."

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