George Weigel reflects on today’s world through the Catholic lens
SAN FRANCISCO, April 3, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ — While the world may rightly be falling apart at the seams and order is scarce, nations have survived through many wars and destruction to this day. But looking at these events – and how they impact today’s world – through the lens of the Catholic Church is completely different, which is exactly what George Weigel does in his new book, THE FRAGILITY OF ORDER: CATHOLIC REFLECTIONS IN TURBULENT TIMES.
Weigel brings his extensive knowledge of world events to the pages of THE FRAGILITY OF ORDER, compiling his lectures from the past 20 years into a single book, enabling the reader to see current events in a deeper way than looking at them through the lens of any mainstream or social media story.
From the Synods of 2014 and 2015 in Rome to the ongoing war between Communism and Catholicism to the turbulent World Wars and Pope Benedict XVI’s controversial Regensburg lecture, Weigel applies philosophical and theological perspectives to major historical events and, ultimately, implores the reader to remember the promises of Christ, that they have no cause for despair.
Weigel, one of the most prominent public intellectuals in modern times, is the author of two dozen New York Times bestselling books, and is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. In THE FRAGILITY OF ORDER, two of his key convictions – that ideas have consequences for good and ill, and that the deepest currents of history flow through culture – shine through in the essays and illuminate life in the Church that is not often appreciated or understood.
“The essays in this volume, written independently over two decades, have a wonderful unity rooted in Weigel’s penetrating intellect and global vision,” said Most Rev. Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., archbishop of Philadelphia. “His thoughts on Benedict XVI’s 2006 Regensburg lecture – a lecture savagely misrepresented by critics at the time, but brilliant in retrospect – are worth the price of the entire book; but they’re just one part of a lucid, compelling and highly recommended read.