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This reviewer would recommend the book highly for undergraduate courses in decision-making or social justice. . . . It is short, readable, and cheap—an asset in any college classroom.
Every conscientious Catholic will find this an invaluable resource when pondering a decision about for whom to vote.
Now is the time to see the light. Bernard Evans sheds light by disseminating Catholic social teaching in Vote Catholic? He suggests we go beyond the headlines and campaign slogans because ‘Religion and politics do mix!’
The Jersey Journal
. . . Vote Catholic? Beyond the Political Din is a ‘must read’ and ideally a ‘must discuss,’ for Catholics before going to the polls or becoming involved in politics in other ways. It is a very readable book that will appeal to a wide range of American Catholics, those of voting age as well as teens. Discussion points are noted at the end of each chapter, which can help to guide conversations about the issues Evans addresses. It is to be hoped that such discussions will take place around the family dinner table, over coffee with friends and neighbors, and in parish communities and schools.
Being a responsible voter and a faithful Catholic is never easy, but Bernard Evans' book provides some clarity through ‘the political din.’ He explains ideas like ‘the common good’ and the background to the U.S. bishops’ election-year statements. Evans eschews single-issue voting, like making anti-abortion the litmus test, because he argues that being pro-life means supporting candidates who protect human life and dignity at every stage and in every way. This concise guide through Catholic social teachings never settles for the simplistic. A must-read in an election year!
Barbara Beckwith, Managing Editor/Book Review Editor, St. Anthony Messenger
Bernard Evans has written a valuable book for every Catholic voter (and others as well). He makes it very clear that voting, a moral obligation, is an expression of one’s faith. I think Chapter Five, ‘Promoting a Pro-life Agenda,’ is especially helpful in deciding on a candidate when no one candidate’s position on various life-issues satisfies all our moral concerns. He stresses, and rightfully so, that voting on a single issue is not voting responsibly. Vote Catholic? Teaches us to vote the Gospel!
Bishop Victor H. Balke, Diocese of Crookston, MN
In an age of single-issue politics, the marriage of extremist religious and political ideologies, and competing values and agendas, Bernard Evans offers some down-to-earth common theological sense about what should guide Christians when they vote. Firmly rooted in Catholic social teaching, issues like promoting the common good, the dignity and value of all human life, and the ‘preferential option for the poor,’ are central concerns in this context. While written specifically as a guide for Catholics, Christians of various denominations will find this extremely helpful as well. The summaries and study guides at the end of each short chapter make this an extremely useful text for adult education in parishes and schools. Here is a book that needs to be read!
Maxwell E. Johnson, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame