On Christendom's Far Shore describes and explains American society by first illuminating its foundational stones: the traditional western (Judeo-Christian) faith in God and the West's once common understanding of the natural order and the nature and destiny of man. It explores the biblical concepts of faith, paradox, tragedy and grace, time, gender relations, love, work, play, individual and communal responsibilities, freedom, and the Kingdom of Heaven. The book illustrates how these ideas and values underlie more specifically American values and American social and governmental patterns and structures, such as the pursuit of kwledge and wisdom, the creation of families and larger social groups and communities, the mentoring of future generations, and people's understanding of self-governance and how to relate to other nations. On Christendom's Far Shore depicts the present as a time of twilight with the United States caught up in a cataclysmic clash between a traditional understanding of man and of a God-centered universe and a post-modern, existential, man-centered, multicultural worldview that rejects the old values and structures and determinedly seeks a vast restructuring of the nation's social and political order and character.
James Larry Hood graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, with a BA in history and government. He received an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and earned an MA and PhD in American history from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. He has published several essays and books on Kentucky and American history touching on Civil War politics and the creation of the Republican Party in Kentucky, Kentucky's participation in the nation's early twentieth century Progressive drive for political and social reform, and the Nixon administration's establishment of affirmative action policies and regulations. He has taught at Bellarmine University, Kentucky State University, and Lexington Community College and has given lectures for the Kentucky Humanities Council and various Kentucky Elderhostel programs. Retired from Kentucky state government where he worked as a manager within the health and welfare cabinet's Inspector General's Office and as a business office manager, he is presently an adjunct professor of history at the University of Kentucky.