Society and Sanity

Understanding How to Live Well Together

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If there are two words that seem not to fit together they are "society" and "sanity". Spend twenty minutes on the freeway or ten minutes reading the newspaper, or ponder the religious and political conflicts in some regions of the world, and you will understand the point.

Yet if people are to thrive-to live fully and together in peace-we must have sanity when it comes to society. And that requires sanity when it comes to thinking about man. Sanity involves seeing things as they really are. Social sanity requires seeing man as he really is-to grasp who and what human beings are and what sort of social arrangements help or hinder human flourishing.

In this classic work, Society and Sanity, Catholic thinker Frank Sheed brings his brilliant mind and lucid writing style to bear on the good human society. By explaining perennial truths about human nature based on the wisdom of Catholic social ethics, Sheed's book is as pertinent today with our controversies about love, the nature of marriage, the role of government, the relationship of law and morality and of Church and State, and the duties of the citizen, as when he penned the work over a half a century ago.

"In our own day there is not a single human institution that is not under fire. Every question under discussion, every revolutionary idea and every conservative reaction-all boil down to the question how should man be treated, and we can only answer this in the light of our view of what man is. No society can be united, if it is not united about this fundamental question."
- Frank Sheed, from Society and Sanity

Frank Sheed

Frank Sheed was one of the best -known Catholic writers and apologists of the 20th century. He was the founder of the Catholic publishing house of Sheed & Ward, which published some of the greatest Catholic authors of the twentieth century. His own books include To Know Christ Jesus, A Map of Life, Theology and Sanity, Society and Sanity, and Saints Are Not Sad, all published by Ignatius Press.


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Society and Sanity is probably the best introduction to Catholic social ethics I've ever read." 
- Peter Kreeft, Boston College, Author, Back to Virtue

"In a society that is obsessed with the abnormal, indeed, with the insane, Frank Sheed's calm voice is refreshing and restorative. Sanity is clarity, and Sheed is crystal clear."
- Dale Ahlquist, author, G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense

"Today hardly anyone refers to our civilization as Christian, and many wonder whether it even can be called civilized. Frank Sheed shows that without a return of ‘Christian,' our civilization has no hope even of becoming civilized again."
- Karl Keating, author, Catholicism & Fundamentalism

"As our society continues to divorce itself from sanity it is in more need than ever of the wisdom to be found in Sheed's timeless classic."
- Joseph Pearce, author, The Quest for Shakespeare 

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