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Subtracting Christianity: Essays on American Culture and Society

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Sobran, one of the most articulate spokesmen on the war against
Christian society and the culture of death, unravels the perils of government intervention in our lives, the decline of the culture,
and the abandonment of the U.S. Constitution in this new collection
of his writings.

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Advance Praise for Subtracting Christianity

For 20 years, I witnessed the incredible genius, talent, and insights of Joe Sobran while we were publishing his weekly column, “Washington Watch.” I highly recommend this new volume, focusing on his writings on religion and the rejection of Christianity in our culture. It should be on everyone’s book shelf.

— Al Matt, Editor, The Wanderer


Christianity and the moral code it bequeathed mankind did not have a more eloquent defender in 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. May it introduce this gifted man of words, my old friend, to a new generation. 

—Patrick J. Buchanan


Joe Sobran, perhaps the greatest American pro-life champion of the past 50 years, 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?

— Robert R. Reilly



For fans of G.K. Chesterton, to whom Sobran is often compared, this book’s emphasis on our Christian roots will be of particular interest. Sobran writes eloquently on the beauty of Christ’s teachings, and the resistance to them in society today. A must read for those concerned with the direction of our culture.

— Fr. C. John McCloskey
Church historian and research fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, D.C.


The essays in this collection of Joseph Sobran's work are as fresh and exhilarating as the day he wrote them. In the five years since his passing, his thoughts on the main cultural, political and religious issues of the day are as lively, relevant, brilliant and compelling — perhaps even more so — than when he penned them. It was one of the great tragedies of our times that his audience was largely confined to the small readerships of The Wanderer and his own newsletter. It is to be hoped that this volume will bring his incredibly penetrating mind to the attention of a new generation, who will find his wit and charm as attractive as his contemporaries did, and his insights a needed balm for the many errors from which so much contemporary commentary suffers.

— Paul Likoudis, The Wanderer


“Joe Sobran was the premier prose stylist of his generation.”

— E. Michael Jones
Editor, Culture Wars


It is astonishing to think that Joe Sobran penned most of the essays and commentaries in this anthology during the last twenty to thirty years. Whether he was engaging religion, morals, politics or history, everything herein collected is not only beautifully phrased but consistently defiant of Political Correctness. Small wonder that Joe was excommunicated by the arbiters of “conservative” good taste! He was too iconoclastic and free-thinking in his conservatism to fit the current commercial mold. I am waiting in vain for an authorized “conservative” columnist to follow Joe’s gutsy example by titling his syndicated opinions “Scouting and Sodomy” and “Gaily Ever After” or daring to notice the “conflation of Christianity with anti-Semitism.” Needless to say, today’s mercenary windbags have nothing in common with the uncommonly brave and eloquent author of these posthumously republished commentaries.

— Paul Gottfried


This generation of writers would serve itself well to study the writings of Joe Sobran. Truly a writer's writer — he was second to none among his peers. No one could match his genius and wit when championing a conservative or Catholic cause. Much of Joe's insight into the future is unfolding before our eyes today.

— Joseph Matt, President, The Wanderer


There has never in my long life of reading been any author who was as able to blend such effortless style with such incomparable insights — about life and love, war and peace, history and the future — as Joseph Sobran. Page after page of every Sobran book, paragraph after paragraph of every Sobran column, left me in wonder, asking myself countless times: “Why did I never think of it that way?” His easy elegance made the truth of his ideas all the more certain; he was the Occam’s razor of contemporary essayists. The essays reprinted in Subtracting Christianity will be the proof of that pudding.  

--Rev. Anthony J. Brankin
Pastor of Saint Odilo Parish, Berwyn, Illinois


Before Roe v. Wade, and many years before the Supreme Court redefined marriage, Joe Sobran was a lone voice, warning us that society was slowly advancing toward savagery. Not only was he among the first to sound the alarm, he was, without question, the most persuasive and articulate defender of life and morality of the past 50 years. Heed the words of this modern-day prophet in many brilliant essays of this outstanding collection of his work.

— Joe Scheidler, chief defendant in Now v. Scheidler


During the final collapse of the Roman Empire, Livy wrote of “the dark dawning of our modern day when we can neither endure our vices nor face the remedies needed to cure them.” In this astonishingly relevant book — astonishing, because some of its essays were written many decades ago — Joe Sobran, as one would expect, exposes with searingly ironic wit the many vices and follies of our modern-day Western culture.

But the book does something more. It also describes, with clarity, power, and great beauty, the remedies — really, the remedy, The Thing — needed to cure us. In this way, Subtracting Christianity can be thought of as Joe’s parting gift — maybe his greatest gift — to the civilization he loved so much. Profound gratitude is the only proper response.

— Fr. Ronald K. Tacelli, S.J., Boston College


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Joseph Sobran:
The National Review Years

Often compared to G.K. Chesterton and H.L. Mencken, Joseph Sobran produced some of the finest essays in the English language. This selection is an engaging look at the politics, culture, and mindset of the late 20th century.

Covering a wide range of topics including Christianity, secular humanism, the Constitution, morality, motion pictures, books, music, liberalism, tyranny, so-called gay rights, Shakespeare, and even baseball — Sobran writes with grace, eloquence, and wit.

Even more important, considering these turbulent times, his penetrating, timeless insights can help us regain our sanity.

"Sobran's voice was unique, his style readily identifiable, his wit irrepressible, his range as wide as that of any columnist of his generation."
Patrick J. Buchanan (from the Foreword)

"[Joe Sobran’s] literary ability, his originality, learning, eloquence and the sheer speed with which he could produce articles reached the level of genius. ... He was the intellectual equivalent of a natural athlete who can reach Olympic standards with no training."
Tom Bethell (from the Preface)

"Now a whole new generation can discover for itself Joe Sobran's uniquely powerful, persuasive, elegant, trenchant — and hilarious — voice; the voice of the twentieth century's greatest essayist; a voice that speaks again in the pages of this marvelous book."
Ronald K. Tacelli, SJ, Boston College

"Joe could say in a sentence what most writers would need an entire column to express. [His] specialty was to make blindingly simple points that would cut through mountains of sophistry. Once you heard them no amount of fancy footwork could make that particular liberal humbug work again.”
Ann Coulter (from the Afterword)


Publication date:  November 15, 2012

Status: Out of Stock

Publisher:  FGF Books (publishing imprint of Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation

Hardcover:  216 pages including an index

Size:  6 x 9

Reviews of Joseph Sobran: The National Review Years:

"In this anthology ... one meets a political and social writer with a sense of language that I found unmatched among my contemporaries. ... He could construct elaborate theological and constitutional arguments with an economy of words."
Paul Gottfried's article, "The Late, Great Joe Sobran" at TakiMag.com

"Joe had a knack for putting his finger on timeless issues and translating the ideological writing on the wall into simple prose."
Christopher Manion's Joe's Home Run in The Wanderer and at FGF Books

"A key difference between baseball and democracy is that in baseball the winners don't get to rewrite the rules. And it never occurs to the losers to blame the rules for their losses."
Allan Brownfeld, quoting from the book in his review, A Look at Late 20th-Century America from a Perceptive and Talented Observer at FGF Books."

"Although much of Sobran's writing focused on issues of the day, the startling thing about his analyses is the degree to which they remain timely even when they were focused on current events of decades past." Mal Kline's Commemorating a Non-Conformist at Accuracy in Academia's website, academia.org.

"Then there is Joseph Sobran:The National Review Years, compiling scintillating essays from the man who was, in terms of pure style, NR's MVP throughout the late '70s and 1980s. "The Republic of Baseball," or "What Is This Thing Called Sex?" by themselves would make this book worth owning, but that's hardly all — and remarkably, the elegance of this volume's design matches the work within. Or comes close."
 Dan McCarthy writing in the Christmas Books section of the December 2012/January 2013 edition of The American Spectator

"Joe Sobran was as gifted a thinker and writer as any on the political and social right in the United States during the past seventy years and the selections in Joseph Sobran: The National Review Years show it."
Gary Potter's article at FGF Books

"When he joined National Review in 1974, Joe was still only 28 years old. He no more required obvious formal tuition in his art than Mozart did in his. If he ever suffered from those deleterious literary influences that napalm the average 20-something scribbler's brains, they cannot have troubled him for more than about 10 minutes. Finger would hit typewriter keyboard and suddenly Joe would spring forth, fully armed, from-as it were-the head of Joe."
— R. J. Stove's book review in The American Conservative

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