Why America Needs Religion: Secular Modernity and Its Discontents (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1996 - Religion - 160 pages
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In this trenchant analysis of the moral decline of modern America, Lewy describes the moral crisis caused by secular modernity and points to the role of religiousness as a necessary bulwark against today's social ills.
  

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Lewy (emeritus, Univ. of Massachusetts), a self-proclaimed agnostic, set about to write a book that refuted the thesis that the crisis of unbelief in America has contributed to the moral decline of ... Read full review

Contents

Christianity and Western Civilization A Historical Prologue
1
The Case against Christianity
2
The Case for Christianity
8
Ambivalence and Moral Ambiguity
12
The Unattainable Moral Balance Sheet
19
The Rise of Secularism
23
The Heritage of the Enlightenment
25
Secular Humanism
29
Conclusion
80
Religiousness and Moral Conduct Are Believing Christians Different
87
Juvenile Delinquency
91
Adult Crime
95
Prejudice and Intolerance
99
Children Having Children
103
Divorce
107
Conclusion
112

The Culture of Modernity and Its Social Consequences
43
The Problem of the Underclass
54
Conclusion
61
Is America Becoming a More Secular Society
65
Church Membership and Attendance
67
Values and Beliefs
74
The Role of Age and Education
77
The Need for Religiousness
117
The Importance of Moral Education
120
The Role of the Churches and Personal Discipline
124
A Personal Assessment
131
Selected Bibliography
147
Index
155
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Page 4 - If men believe with an intense and realising faith that their own view of a disputed question is true beyond all possibility of mistake, if they further believe that those who adopt other views will be doomed by the Almighty to an eternity of misery which, with the same moral disposition but with a different belief, they would have escaped, these men will, sooner or later, persecute to the full extent of their power.

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