Donald S. Gillespie writes treatise on Christian jurisprudence, ethics and history

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Donald S. Gillespie writes “The Most Benignant Grace,” the only comprehensive, up-to-date summa, particularly in relation to the Catholic concept of law and corresponding concept of justice in the practice of law as an institution in modern society.

Holy Fire Publishing ( releases “The Most Benignant Grace” (Paperback, U.S. $19.99, ISBN# 978-1-60383-506-0). Donald S. Gillespie outlines the Church’s historical and spiritual right to speak out decisively on the morality of political action, never a slave to state expediencies.

“The Most Benignant Grace” addresses the basic concepts of law as it grew historically, until the Church transformed the entire concept of the human person in the Middle Ages, and replete in the formulation of the great codices of the lawyer popes. He contrasts the principles of Natural Law, as systematised in Canon Law, with the institutional provisions in secular culture and the various themes espoused by contemporary jurisprudence in both domestic and international politics, and places all into context with the governing Law of Christ, in the sure and certain hope that the Church has a perfect right to speak out decisively on the morality of political action and will never become a slave to state expediencies.

“The broad theme is a well-documented account of how the Judaic-Christian ethical framework of Natural [Moral] Law was compromised and corrupted historically, then usurped in the 17th century by a new form of Gnosticism [Deism] in the transient interests of elitist groups. Since the consequences of this moral morass are substantial, it demonstrates how Canon Law ethics is the only formative source of all future social and cultural renewal in western culture. The Reader’s faith and aspirations for renewal cannot fail to be enriched when this difficult subject is put into its proper historical and theological setting. Just as she remained unaffected - indeed was strengthened - by the destruction of the Roman empire, so the Catholic Church is the only ark of hope in our troubled world.” Donald S. Gillespie

“In ‘The Most Benignant Grace,’ Mr. Gillespie delves back into the very beginnings of western thought to take up the evolution of legal principles and theory. There he discovers a solid basis for safeguarding and advancing what is genuinely human in emerging laws. Once opened up to the revelation and grace available in the Christian era, there came about the mature expectation of a worthwhile legal expression of the dignity of Man. Readers of this work will have their minds opened to the nature and scope of the law and of the kind of justice that is truly human . . . [Gillespie] presents a unique perspective and critique of the modern conception of legal theory and its attempts to justify such a course.” Rt. Rev John Keenan, Glasgow University, now Bishop of Paisley

Donald S. Gillespie was born and educated in Scotland. Having completed his mechanical engineering studies in Glasgow, he attended London Bible College, thence to Glasgow University, where he was trained in the ministry for the Church of Scotland. Years of aggressive liberalism compelled him to immigrate with his family to Canada, where he converted to Catholicism. His non-fiction and historic writings reflect his deeply held Christian beliefs. He continues to write and enjoys travelling on spiritual “caminos” in the footsteps of St Paul. He lost his late wife, a medical doctor, to pancreatic cancer but continues to enjoy visiting family in the UK and USA. His three adult children are professionals in education, medicine and psychology. His personal charity for autistic children receives all royalties from his writings.

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