The Christian Institution of the Family: A Dynamic Force to Regenerate Society is an easy to read yet thoughtful work that takes a different approach in explaining the role of the family.
Written and promoted by the TFP in the United Kingdom, it gives an accurate historical background of the family from ancient to contemporary times. The book especially explains the function of the family and its role in the development of medieval society. It then details the origins of the feudal system and organic society.
From this historical development, it is easy to see why the family is a dynamic regenerating force. The family provides the conditions necessary for the rise of natural leaders who become elites. Through the cultivation of inherent leadership skills nurtured in the environment of the family, these figures prepare themselves to govern a village, a county or even a nation.
One unique insight of the book is its treatment of the topic of aseity as a virtue whereby one develops one’s abilities to the fullest. This concept is defined by Saint Thomas Aquinas and elaborated by the great Catholic thinker, Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira.
An application of this virtue is extended to individuals, families, and then groups, cities and nations.
This book is important because a correct understanding of the family is essential if the nation is to have authentic fatherhood, excellent families and true leadership. This timely work is a must-read for those who desire to regenerate society via the dynamic force of the institution of the family.
Finally, there are the excellent pictures illustrating the text and facilitating the message of its chapters. The harmonious interlays add suavity, charm and clarity to a comprehensive yet accessible work.
(Article by Charles Laczkoskie)