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Posted on Oct 27, 2012 |

Review: Indivisible

Review: Indivisible


Indivisible: Restoring Faith Family and Freedom Before it’s Too Late. By James W. Richards and Jay Robison. Catholic edition from Ignatius Press, 2012.

There’s still time before the election to read Indivisible, and if Obama wins a second term there will be more reason than ever to read it. Writtten by a Catholic and an Evangelical for Christians of all kinds, this book addresses numerous “hot-button” political issues from both points of view, explaining principled Christian ways to look at them and giving practical advice for how to — as the subhead says — “restore faith, family, and freedom before it’s too late.”


As you might guess the book is politically conservative. There’s a good deal of natural law thinking here, which well-read Catholics will appreciate, but which may be new to Evangelicals (and many Catholic as well). There are Scriptural references — fewer than Evangelicals may be used to, but more than some Catholics are accustomed to reading.  This part-Catholic, part-Protestant way of approaching the issues is designed to promote cooperation between the two Christian “camps” as it attempts to apply Christian principles to contemporary political and social issues in a broad way that Christians can use in discussions with each other and with non-Christians.


The book covers a wide range of issues, but each issue is addressed only briefly. It has a casual, “Christian bookstore book” type style that many will welcome but that I don’t like —  to me, that style is difficult to take seriously. But millions love it and if you’re one, this is the book for you. If you have been thinking and reading about these issues for a long time, you will find little new here and may end up skimming through it. I did. But if these issues are new to you or you want a reference for frequent short water cooler or Facebook discussions, you will find a great introduction and reference. And if you are part of a large mixed family, or have a lot of friends and neighbors with different Christian traditions, it’s a great book to lend or discuss.


The Ignatius Press edition has a brief forward by Fr. Edward Fessio.