God and Caesar: Selected Essays on Religion, Politics and Society


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“Cardinal George Pell exemplifies what it means that bishops are ordained, first of all, to teach. His reflections on the Church’s witness in modern democracies point us toward a deeper understanding of the gospel of Christ that can also revitalize a politics of principle.”– Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, Editor in Chief, First Things

God and Caesar delights with its fresh, plain-speaking approach to the role of religion in politics and society. Cardinal Pell wears his immense learning lightly, but every essay in this remarkable collection shows a powerful intellect at work on the question of how we are to order our lives together on our increasingly interdependent, yet conflict-ridden planet.”– Mary Ann Glendon Professor of Law, Harvard University; President, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

“In this timely collection of essays Cardinal Pell challenges us to consider anew how Judaeo-Christian values can both inform and enrich free democratic societies. He identifies the enemy as aggressive secularization–with exaggerated emphasis on individual choice in the place of the common good. Beliefs informed by religious inspiration are barely tolerated. Pell speaks prophetically into this void, calling us back to a culture of love and life; a world which insists on the dignity of every person.”– David Alton, Lord Alton of Liverpool

“Cardinal Pell will surprise neither his critics nor his friends with this timely and important collection of essays. His robust and illuminating insights into the nature of responsible Christian freedom will confirm the opposition of the former and the enthusiastic approval of the latter. Thoughtfully conscious of the importance of custom and tradition in the Burkean `liberal descent,’ he joins hands with Acton in believing that Catholicism is profoundly liberal rather than clerical and obscurantist and, most importantly, that it has nothing to fear from history or from politics.”– Claudio Veliz, Emeritus University Professor and Professor of History, Boston University