WINNSBORO — When the Cultus Book Club met at the home of Hal and Pat Frish on Feb. 4, a former governor of North Carolina — and a former resident of Winnsboro — was also on hand.
Betty Harden reported on the book, “Catalyst” which is about James G. Martin and the rise of the Republicans in North Carolina. It tells the story of Martin’s political career in science and government.
Author John Hood wrote of Martin’s early years in Winnsboro. The son of Presbyterian minister Arthur Martin, Jim Martin graduated from Mt. Zion.
When Martin discovered that Betty Harden, an old friend, would be presenting the book to the Cultus Book Club, he called Harden and asked to be included in the meeting.
While there, Martin added his autograph to the books available. Later in the day, he presented a copy of “Catalyst” to the Fairfield County Library.
In the book report to Cultus Book Club, it was clear that Martin was a catalyst for change in North Carolina, helping transform a Democratic state into one where Republicans have become highly competitive.
Martin was that rare politician who combined a broad understanding of local, state, national and international issues with a knack for building bipartisan coalitions and the common touch to sell his ideas to voters.
Martin revealed that he too was an author and his own book, “Revelations Through Science,” which will be published in 2016.
In this book, Martin wasn’t afraid to challenge liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, believers and unbelievers. The Bible is “not a scientific textbook,” he stated but neither is there “an irreconcilable conflict between science and religion, as they are revealed from the same God.”
Borrowing a phrase from an English rabbi, Martin observed that science takes things apart to see how they work, “while religion puts things together to see what they mean.”
Hostess Mary Jane Wright welcomed members to Valentine decorations, flowers and a mandarinello cake dessert and coffee.