America's Secular Challenge: The Rise of a New National Religion

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Political Science - 162 pages
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In this timely and wide-ranging book, one of America's leading public intellectuals argues that the rise of radical secularism in the United States is a flaccid response to the challenge presented by the fanaticism of radical Islam. In the so-called war of ideas, our reflexive belief in relativism has handicapped our ability to thwart the inroads of fanaticism. Opposition to traditional religion; multiculturalism and cultural relativism; materialism; belief in scientific rationality as the ultimate arbiter of human value: taken together, these features of the secularist's creed underwrite a view of life that is ill equipped to meet the challenge of a zealous enemy with totalitarian ambitions. In undermining the traditional roots of America, argues Herb London, secular humanism has destroyed the West's only beliefs worth defending. This anemic remodeling of our culture has left us exposed in the monumental battle against ideological forces with radical global ambitions. America's Secular Challenge is a sobering wake-up call and a battle plan for the political and existential trials of the twenty-first century.
 

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Contents

Secularism Americas New Religion
1
Truth as a Relative Concept
19
Governments Rationalist Largesse
41
Patriotism as a Moral Problem
54
Tolerance Discrimination and Discernment
91
Acknowledgments
112
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