GOD IN ACTION By: Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago Hardcover An important new work on faith and politics from the leading Catholic intellectual in the United States. In this bracing manifesto, His Eminence Francis Cardinal George provides refreshing insight into the intersection of faith and the public sphere. Finding both challenges and reasons for hope, he lays out a vision for national life that respects natural law, human dignity, and the essential ways religion uniquely contributes to the common good. In our country today, the significance of religious faith is often reduced to personal spiritual convictions or peculiar ideas found within self-contained churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques. Yet, as Cardinal George argues, it is God acting through humanity that is the very root of the core ideals that shape society. In the process, a moral framework is built that allows life to flourish. Consequently, he calls for resistance to creeping ideas that seek to deny religious organizations the freedom to act on their convictions and, thus, shutting voices of faith out of the public square on culture-defining issues. Moreover, Cardinal George calls for a fundamental reevaluation of questions surrounding human rights, religious liberty, respect for life, just war, commerce, immigration, and globalization. In turn, he points out a clear path that respects individual conscience while integrating faith and natural law into the public conversation on our shared future. An important book for challenging times, God in Action presents a universal message rooted in the Catholic philosophical tradition that is impossible to ignore. FRANCIS CARDINAL GEORGE, O.M.I., is the archbishop of Chicago. He has served as vicar general of his religious order, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and was the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2007 through 2010. Cardinal George was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II in 1998.