Austin Ruse carefully examines how the anti-Christian forces gained power over every elite institution in America. He exposes their plans for the future and issues an authoritative call to arms, brilliantly arguing that there is no finer time to be a faithful Catholic.
The event is moderated by our Panula Chair in Christian Culture, Mary Eberstadt.
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“With Ruse’s signature wit, ‘Under Siege’ reveals the good, the bad, and the downright ugly, but offers a fresh vantage point to embrace our challenges with joy and deep confidence in God, come what may.”–Carrie Gress, Author of ‘The Anti-Mary Exposed’ and ‘Theology of Home’
Decades as a Christian leader — most notably at the U.N. as president of the Center for Family & Human Rights — have earned writer Austin Ruse, once a Washington liberal with little faith, his share of defeats and triumphs. Perhaps most valuably, he has intuited keen tactical insights from his confrontations with the dark side of human nature. You come away from this groundbreaking book with the sense that Ruse knows the enemy better than the enemy knows himself.
Ruse argues that each of us is called specifically to this battle and he provides a roadmap for fighting the major challenges American Christians now face. He identifies the vulnerabilities of the Leftists who appear so dominant today, and he pinpoints Catholicism’s most potent sources of resistance.
More than anything, Ruse argues that, as dark as these days seem to be, future generations will look upon this generation with envy that they could not have been here with us in these dangerous times when everything seems so lost.
Ruse lays it all out in these simple, balanced pages. The best days could be ahead for us, but only if we accept — and stick to — this plan to rebuild Christendom.
“Austin Ruse is a courageous and fearless fighter in a culture and country gone barking mad. He has suffered for standing by his beliefs, and yet remains an unafraid and cheerful warrior. The self-proclaimed champions of “tolerance” refuse to tolerate him. You can be sure they also will refuse to tolerate or even open this book. That’s even more reason for you to get it and see what Austin has to say.”
PhD Professor of political science and author of 'The Devil and Karl Marx'
“The great temptation is to turn from current troubles and long for the past. But that’s not the way of Abraham or Moses or Augustine or Kolbe. Nor is it the way of this book, which offers us a clear path forward. Read it and fulfill God’s call to Joshua: ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go’ (Joshua 1:9)”
Father Michael Scanlan TOR Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization, University of Steubenville
“With Ruse’s signature wit,’Under Siege’ reveals the good, the bad, and the downright ugly, but offers a fresh vantage point to embrace our challenges with joy and deep confidence in God, come what may.”
Author of 'The Anti-Mary Exposed' and 'Theology of Home'
“Austin Ruse’s new book is a call to fight a crazed culture with that good cheer that has already won half the battle; and a reminder that God has placed us here, now, for His purposes, and we are to thank Him for the privilege. On, then!”
Author, 'Sex and the Unreal City'
“Societal collapse and the rise of a “woke” paganism that has become, in effect, the new American state religion, inspires in Ruse a Christian call to action and a pugnacious return to Church Militant first principles. ‘Halos are hanging from the lowest branches of the trees,’ he observes. ‘Just reach up and grab one.'”
Longtime opera critic - Time Magazine, author - 'Last Stands: Why Men Fight When All is Lost'
“We are living in a religious age. People don’t realize that because our new religion is not Christianity but an odd syncretic blend of paganism, sexual polyversity, and scientism that doesn’t really have a name. It replaced Christianity so gradually that most people didn’t notice, but the courts, the media, and the government enforce it more and more strictly. It sows hatred and ruins lives. Austin Ruse describes its rise and our fall clearly, accurately, and powerfully.”
Senior Fellow at the National Review Institute
Austin Ruse has headed the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam) since shortly after its creation in the summer of 1997. Austin has held the title of President since 2000. Austin was a founder of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and founding columnist at TheCatholicThing.org.
Mary Eberstadt holds the Panula Chair in Christian Culture at the Catholic Information Center in Washington DC, is Senior Research Fellow at the Faith & Reason Institute, and is an American writer whose contributions to the intellectual landscape traverse several genres.
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