Father de Torre shows how democracy, in its fully developed modern sense, is a result of the final political flowering of Gospel values.
Paul Vitz, in this concluding chapter, outlines both a political and a religious response to the crisis of the family. Vitz begins by reviewing evidence from the social sciences of the tragic social and economic costs which large numbers of single-parent and divorced families have wrought, concluding that the state's self-interest should push it to support strong traditional families.
The dazzling accomplishments of Western science and modern capitalism have made us vastly richer with an unparalleled degree of personal and political liberty, yet the moral and cultural achievements of European civilization — the very achievements that underwrite our prosperity and give meaning and purpose to our liberty — are everywhere under attack.
The most powerful, the most imaginative, the most startling, and the most unforgettable refutation of Calvinism in America is found in Herman Melville's classic, Moby-Dick.