Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. A Declaration of Dependence. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2022. Paperback $15.95. Ebook $9.99. Available from the publisher.
How do we find peace in a world of unrest? Ven. Fulton J. Sheen posed a similar question decades ago and, in these pages, provides surefire answers and solutions to societal ills. Heralded an ‘American prophet,’ Sheen exposes reasons behind the cause of war and other chastisements.
In A Declaration of Dependence, Sheen foretold that the Christian model of civilization is at stake and what we must do to rebuild our culture with an authentic faith foundation. Incisively and accessibly, he shares:
- Who (and what) is causing people to turn away from God
- The real meaning of conscience and how to preserve it
- The aftermath of idolatry and effects of lukewarm living
- Why and when God intervenes—in history and today
- How to understand our crisis of democracy and real comradeship
- If something wrong is occurring we have a responsibility to take action
As Sheen wrote in his book Philosophies at War:
“The means of life no longer minister to peace and order because we have perverted and forgotten the true ends of life . . . Now the basic reason why our economics and politics have failed as a means to peace is that both have forgotten the end and purpose of life. We have been living as if civilization, culture and peace were by-products of economic activity, instead of the other way round, so that economics and politics are subordinated to the moral and the spiritual . . . It is not our politics that has soured, nor our economics that have rusted; it is our hearts. We live and act as if God had never made us.”
A Declaration of Dependence reechoes these sentiments and will help you learn to trust God even in our culture riddled with totalitarianism, paganism, and war. Sheen will guide you in renewing your heart, restoring our country and our world.
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