Dear Friends and Fans of Joe Sobran,

Great news! The latest anthology of Joe Sobran’s writings is now available. Subtracting Christianity: Essays on American Culture and Society is now available for purchase. The book is 456 pages and includes 117 articles. Tom Bethell and I compiled the articles, which are in great part from the newsletter, Sobran’s: The Real News of the Month.

Buy the book, here. One book just $27. Two books: $50. Three books: $75. Four books: $95. Five books: $115. Ten books: $220. All postpaid to U.S.A. addresses.

If possible, please add a tax-deductible donation to your book order so you can help us promote the great Sobran legacy.

This new volume is a treasure trove of succinct essays written in the Sobran trademark style.

The book, which is “dedicated to a resurgence of Christianity in a world that has chosen to ‘subtract’ Christ,” carries a Preface by the Most Rev. Fabian W. Bruskewitz. The famous bishop emeritus of Lincoln, Nebraska, says that this collection of essays “constitutes a true spiritual and intellectual treasure” which will “cause reflection and profound contemplation on the part of the attentive reader” and “a genuine enrichment of the reader’s spiritual and intellectual life.”

Fr. J.J. Pokorsky, Sobran’s pastor and friend, contributed the Foreword to the book. “Joe loved to incite thought with profound insights and wonderful humor,” he says. “He could be a contrarian in the style of G. K. Chesterton. Like Flannery O’Connor, Joe used his genius to provoke his readers to examine their own patterns of thought and unwitting ideologies. Even now, five years after his passing, his insights, his clarity of thought, and his unique way of getting to the heart of an issue have stuck with me.”

Patrick J. Buchanan endorses the new anthology with these words: “Christianity and the moral code it bequeathed mankind did not have a more eloquent defender on our lifetimes than Joe Sobran. His wit, his insight, his capacity to clarify, simplify, and beautify the revealed truths were unrivaled. He was a champion of the unborn who relished intellectual combat, and bore his wounds of battle bravely. This splendid collection of his essays, some of them timeless, brings his unique voice back to life for many of us.”

(See other endorsements here.)

This collection has some forthright and candid essays in the chapters, “Killing as a ‘Right,’” and “Odd Couplings,” in which he predicted (in “Sodomy and the Constitution,” written in 2003) that Justice Anthony Kennedy would be the pivotal player in the Supreme Court legalizing so-called same-sex marriage. Also the “For Fear of the Jews” chapter of ten essays is not to be missed.

In “Dark Ages, New Morality,” Joe writes: “The progressives have found no substitute for virtue. They can offer only such morbid stopgaps as contraception, abortion, and euthanasia. The Dark Ages understood virtue built a civilization; the progressive age doesn’t understand virtue and is tearing down the civilization it inherited. Euthanasia is a fitting symbol: the last sacrament of a society that cannot aspire to heaven, but only to painless annihilation.”

In one of his last essays, “Sodomy, Abortion, and the Forces of Hate,” Joe wrote: “In those sweet days of yore, Winston Churchill could call a political foe a ‘disgrace to pederasty,’ and we could laugh at the naughty witticism, if we even know what pederasty was. Liberals now call the normal aversion to sodomy ‘homophobia,’ even though it springs from well-founded concerns about health and sanitation as well as morality.”

In “The Expurgated Christ,” Joe takes apart the “Jesus Seminar” which, in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, has blue-penciled many of the words of Christ. As Joe writes, “the result is a paltry figure nobody could worship. Had this ‘historical Jesus’ really existed, we would never have heard of Him. The message that you should be nice to others and refrain from stuff like imperial exploitation would hardly have transformed the ancient world and haunted the conscience of mankind through several civilizations to come. A man who preached such watery doctrine wouldn’t be worth crucifying.”

He goes on to say that the words of Jesus “have a unique permanence. They don’t merely survive as aphoristic wisdom: they have an authority in our hearts, even when we try to deny them. They command. We can obey or rebel. That is why Jesus is still not only loved but also hated — and why those who hate Him feel they have to profess to love Him.”

As Robert R. Reilly writes in his advance praise of the book, Joe Sobran “had a capacious, Renaissance mind, as anyone who delves into this brilliant collection of essays will see. There is ample balm for the soul here from his keen moral sense, and wit and entertainment of a high order for the mind, all delivered with impeccable style. One need not agree with all of it – Joe would probably be disappointed if you did – but who
would not be better for having read it?”

Reilly, a friend of Joe’s, has a great point. Won’t you help us increase the number of readers by buying books for your friends, pastors, and colleagues. And by helping us with a tax-deductible donation so that we can widely advertise and distribute this book?

We very much appreciate your help with this tremendous new anthology of Sobran’s work.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fran Griffin
President, FGF Books

P.S. You can donate to help with this Sobran book project in one of four ways:

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P.P.S. I am keeping the intentions of all donors to this important project in my prayers. I ask for yours that this book will be a great success!


We need your help to get this book out to the world. Please consider one of the below offers.

SOBRAN BENEFACTOR
For your tax-deductible donation of $5,000 to $25,000 to assist with the advertising and dissemination of Subtracting Christianity, you may receive up to 15 copies of the new book, inscribed per your specifications.

We will also send you the following gifts right away: a copy of the out-of-print book, Joseph Sobran: The National Review Years (2012); and more

Benefactors of $5000 or more can receive these gifts
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SOBRAN PATRON
For you tax-deductible gift of $1,000 to $4,999 to assist with the advertising and dissemination of Subtracting Christianity, you will receive 10 copies of the new book, inscribed per your specifications.

We will also send you the following gifts: an e-book of Single Issues: Essays on the Crucial Social Questions (1983) by Joe Sobran; and more

Any gift of $1,000 and up entitles you to be a SOBRAN PATRON
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SOBRAN ALTRUIST
For you tax-deductible gift of $500 to $999 to assist with the advertising and dissemination of Subtracting Christianity, you will receive five copies of the new book, inscribed per your specifications.

We will also send you the following gifts: an e-book of Single Issues: Essays on the Crucial Social Questions (1983) by Joe Sobran; and more

Your Altruist Gift of $500 or more
Gifts you can receive (let us know in the memo)

SOBRAN ALLY
For you tax-deductible gift of $250 to $499 to assist with the advertising and dissemination of Subtracting Christianity, you will receive a copy of the new book.

We will also send you the following gifts: an e-book of Single Issues: Essays on the Crucial Social Questions (1983) by Joe Sobran; and more

Your Ally Gift of $250 or more
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SOBRAN GRUBSTAKER
For you tax-deductible gift of $100 to $249 to assist with the advertising and dissemination of Subtracting Christianity, you will receive a copy of the new book.

We will also send you the following gifts: an e-book of Single Issues: Essays on the Crucial Social Questions (1983) by Joe Sobran; and a copy of the 22-page booklet, Power and Betrayal: The Clinton Legacy, including pictures and a special epilogue, “Intern Affairs”; and a complimentary one-year subscription to the FGF E-Package, an email of timely columns every week.

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SOBRAN FRIEND
Give a tax-deductible donation of any amount to support FGF and the publishing of Subtracting Christianity.


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