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Americas Secular Challenge: The Rise of a New National Religion (Brief Encounters) Hardcover – May 13, 2008


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  • Series: Brief Encounters
  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594032270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594032271
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HERBERT LONDON, president of the Hudson Institute, is a noted social critic whose work has appeared in nearly every major newspaper and journal, including the Wall street Journal, the New York times, and the Washington Post. Mr. London is a contributing editor for the St. Croix Review and the American Arts Quarterly, and is the author or editor of twenty-one books, including Myths that Rule America (with Al Weeks) and Decade of Denial. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Could extremist secularism be doing as much damage as extremist religions? "America's Secular Challenge: The Rise of a New National Religion" is an examination of secularism and its impact on America. Herbert London, president of the Hudson institute, lays out his argument against something that the country so often ignores in the idea of tolerance and political correctness. "America's Secular Challenge" is a top pick for anyone who thinks political correctness may be going too far.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Parlato on August 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Most people in the United States appear to have no idea what secular humanism is, even though they are surrounded by it every day. It is the only religion for many people, but they often cannot even recognize it as a belief system. This book is short and easy to read, but it conveys very important information. It ought to be assigned to high school classes to give the students a better understanding of modern culture.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME on February 26, 2009
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In this extended essay the author explores the spiritual malady afflicting the West by identifying & diagnosing the auto-immune disease of radical secularism and showing how it renders our civilization vulnerable. In many ways, London echoes the warning of the French philosopher Chantal Delsol as expressed in her works on contemporary Europe: Icarus Fallen and The Unlearned Lessons of the Twentieth Century. There's a vast difference between healthy & militant secularism as London explains in the first chapter. In its extreme form it's a belief system that aims to destroy the foundations of our culture. It arose out of multiculturalism - which is not the same thing as the healthy appreciation of diversity - that celebrates all other cultures except the Western. The multicult carries the germ of self-loathing.

Some of the pillars of radical secularism are the following: (a) Truth is relative & subjective. (b) Reason & Science can solve all problems. (c) Technological advancement is the panacea & the state will administer the medicine. (d) Nationalism & patriotism are evil by definition. It is thus a materialistic faith that does not understand spiritual matters, least of all the threat posed by fanatical religion. Terrorism is ascribed to material deprivation and social injustice. This religion claims that once everybody enjoys material well-being, all hostility will disappear. Robert Conquest considers this utopian delusion as a resurgent
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Martin B. Erdheim on September 4, 2008
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This is a book you are going to think about for a long, long time. You are going to recommend it to all your friends. It highlights the essential tool we must utilize to defeat radical Islam and their terrorist methods-a return to our traditional values. London's brilliance is that he creates his air tight case in 97 very accessible pages. This one or two night read will arouse in you many years of thought.
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