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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.

©2019 Sophia Institute Press (P)2019 Sophia Institute Press

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articulate defense of Catholic Society.

there are several debates in the Catholic world as to whether or not a Catholic Society can exist outside of a simple monarchy, as to whether or not the blueprint of American society is flawed, as to whether real Catholicism is somehow either socialist or beholden to the central authority of a state. Timothy Gordon identifies the answers to these questions very clearly with a thorough explanation of reason. he argues that the Republic requires the basis of Catholic natural-law, and therefore requires Catholicism. He identifies the difference between Thomastic/Aristotelian natural law, with its Catholic understanding, and a later very limited form of natural law found in Enlightenment and Protestant circles. the book goes through a very convincing process of reasoning to make the case that a republic requires a Catholic understanding of natural law in order to function. the book goes through a fairly detailed explanation of the intellectual and ideological underpinnings of the American founding fathers. this shows that the American founding fathers lean heavily on Catholic natural law. unfortunately, the reader is a professional reader with no background in what he's reading. There were several mispronunciations and certain spots where the tone or stress do not seem to fit with the author's writing. having listened to many interviews and discussions with the author, it is strange hearing somebody else's voice expressing the concepts with odd pronunciations and somewhat inaccurate tone. I rated the performance four out of five none the less however. as I referred to the reader as professional above, he absolutely was. The Voice had an energy, was generally likeable, and was not cloying in any sort of way. all things considered, the book is excellent and a must-read for people but care about the intellectual underpinnings of Catholic culture, society, and the well-being of the United States. as an interesting aside, there's a chapter that deals with the concept of "Distributism". this is considered by many to be a third way between capitalism and socialism. Where it is not a third way, the author gives an excellent discussion as to what it is or if it is compliant with Catholic Society.

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Lost interest

I am really interested in the subject matter of this book, and was very eager to listen. I got through the introduction and a few minutes into the first chapter when I completely zoned out. The narration does not lend itself to the material. I could not pay attention to what he was saying, and had to rewind several times just to catch the gist of it.I’m going to have to buy the hardcopy. I don’t know why they choose narrators who put you to sleep.

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wow

Absolutely stellar! The book can be quite philosophically heavy at times but at other times Accessible. For those American Patriots with a philosophical and theological bent this book will be eliminating and revolutionary. This book should be required reading in every American University. To a trained and Disciplined mind, this book is irrefutable.

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riveting and super informative

I never thought of the law and of our country's success in this manner. as a cradle Catholic I am very happy to think our religion has made such an positive impact to Americans. The author creates a clear and understandable arguement with a lot of support. loved the book and love the author.

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Worth a read

If you know who Tim Gordon is, and you appreciate his podcasts, then you will enjoy his book. The subject and arguments are well presented and supported. I think he has a tendency to be wordy at times, but it may not bother you. What SHOULD bother all listeners is the performing reader’s frequent mispronunciation of words. Don’t they give this guy pointers before he starts to record? It’s really grating on the ear. Again, if you are accustomed to Gordon’s butchered pronunciation of Latin (haha), it may not bother you.

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interesting perspective

I am intrigued by the premise. I am lead to a rabbit hole with this one. I encourage the "pro-choice" "Catholics" to read this.

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Excellent Book!

Everyone Catholic, Protestant, and Atheist should have an understanding of the content of this book. Tim Gordon does a great job of breaking down Natural Law, Aristotle's virtue ethics, and the historical element each played in the founding of our Republic as well as how it all plays out today. I highly recommend it.

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Absolutely awesome

Tim Gordon’s Catholic Republic is without a doubt the best book I have listened to. I was less then half way through before I bought a hard copy. He makes and wonderfully articulates all the arguments that I personally attempted to have with my liberal professors. He is a much better man then I. Though he was way to nice to protestants in this book.

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Better to actually read than listen

This book is better to read than listen as there is a lot of information about why America needs Rome. When trying to follow it, I would have to replay a chapter to get the full understanding of that Tim was trying to prove

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what is a Republic?

Wake up America. The topics being discussed in this book should be brought up front and center. One of the easiest books I've ever read, it contains some of the greatest and most crucial topics that I've ever seen. A discussion of this nature should be paramount.