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Is the founding of the American Republic guilty for the country’s moral disintegration?

Tuesday, April 7, 2020  
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Robert R. Reilly exonerates the nation’s founding for today’s societal woes

SAN FRANCISCO — Before the global pandemic of the coronavirus, faithful Christians and their leaders were decrying the decay of the moral fabric of society and rightly so. But who’s to blame for such decay? Is it because of the philosophy and certain truths that led to America’s founding? In AMERICA ON TRIAL, Robert R. Reilly declares the founding of the American Republic is not guilty.

Reilly, former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan and author of Making Gay Okay, is currently the Director of the Westminster Institute. In his twenty-five years of government service, he served as Special Assistant to the President and as Director of the Voice of America, and he was also Senior Advisor for Information Strategy to the Secretary of Defense, and taught at National Defense University. He attended Georgetown University and the Claremont Graduate University, and he has published widely on American politics and morals, foreign policy and classical music. His other books include Surprised by Beauty: A Listener's Guide to the Recovery of Modern Music, and The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis.

Critics say the founding of America was a poison pill with a time-release formula, that its principles are responsible for the country's moral and social disintegration because they were based on the Enlightenment falsehood of radical individual autonomy.

In AMERICA ON TRIAL, Reilly traces the lineage of the ideas that made the United States, and its ordered liberty, possible. These concepts were extraordinary when they first burst upon the ancient world: the Judaic oneness of God, who creates ex nihilo and imprints his image on man; the Greek rational order of the world based upon the Reason behind it; and the Christian arrival of that Reason (Logos) incarnate in Christ. These may seem a long way from the American Founding, but Reilly argues that they are, in fact, its bedrock. Combined, they mandated the exercise of both freedom and reason.

“Reilly digs down very deep into the past, down before America, down before Christ, down before philosophy, down to the revelation of the Hebrew God. … He is the ultimate source of the transcendent law available to human reason, the ‘Laws of Nature and of Nature's God.’ Under these laws, America was formed,’ said Larry P. Arnn, Ph.D., president of Hillsdale College; from the foreword of AMERICA ON TRIAL.

For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Robert R. Reilly, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or of Carmel Communications.     


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