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In Defense of Faith: The Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity Hardcover – July 6, 2010
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David Brog insightfully explores the rich foundations of many of our nation’s most important values and makes a compelling case for why they are worth defending.”
Senator Joseph Lieberman
In Defense of Faith is an extremely important book. David Brog connects the historical dots in a way that makes the Judeo-Christian contribution to our civilization stand our in clear relief. Rarely have critics of our religious heritage been taken on so effectively.
Pastor John Hagee, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church; Founder and Chairman, Christians United for Israel
"Judaism and Christianity have different theologies. But the Judeo-Christian value system is the greatest value system ever devised. As one who has argued this for decades, I can say with some certainty that David Brog has accomplished something truly major with his book. He has made the caseirrefutably, I believethat the rejection of the Judeo-Christian idea has led and will again lead to vast human evil and suffering. This is more than an important book. This is an indispensible guide to a better world."
Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and columnist, author, and founder of the Internet based Prager University
"Christians have something to cheer about in David Brog's courageous new book. Wide-ranging and erudite, he offers a much needed corrective to the conventional wisdom on Christianity's historic role in combating evil. This is an informative and inspiring volume that people of faith can profit from for many years to come."
Bill Donohue, President Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
"David Brog frames a passionate and persuasive defense of our Judeo-Christian tradition in a manner that transcends culture, creed and ideology. In his first book, David encouraged us to Stand with Israel. Now, he's motivating us to run to apply our evangelical ethos for the sake of humanity at large. This is a timely message that I hope will help rally America's Hispanic faith community to step forward and lead the effort to act on our faith in the service of our fellow men."
Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, President National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Rodriguez
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It is important to clarify the premise of this book. Nowhere in this volume did I find my atheist beliefs challenged. "In Defense of Faith" makes no attempt to convert its reader to religion. However, if you happen to hold dismissive attitudes towards the indispensable role Judeo-Christian faith has played (and continues to play) in the moral evolution of Western culture, (as promulgated by the likes of Hitchens and Bill Mahar), then my friends, prepare to have your views on this important matter be shaken to the core. I found that Brog not only has the intellectual chops to go toe-to-toe with religion bashers like Hitchens, but in the battle of ideas, succeeds in landing the KO in the very first round
To be sure, Brog's ambitions here go well beyond the mere rebutting of any particular author. Brog is not only a top drawer writer, but is first and foremost a student of history. His enlightening historical analysis, and his adroit employment of simple logic makes a most compelling, (and for me surprising) case for the indispensable role religious faith has played in the development of modern moral ideals that we now take so for granted and I hungrily devoured the rich historical perspective Brog provides on this topic. (I had no idea, for example, that it is deep religious faith which under girds the humanitarian efforts of Bono in Africa! Who knew?) I found Brog's narrative fascinating, engrossing and enlightening. I highly recommend it.
If you have ever asked yourself, "What went wrong in Germany, a so-called `Christian' country? What went wrong in America, where all men are created equal? Why do people suffer and die at the hands of their fellow man?" The answers are in David Brog's latest book.
Time and time again history has proven that the greatest crimes against humanity (such as those committed against the American-Indians, Jews, Blacks, infants, social classes etc...) have occurred when people have rejected or abandoned the Judeo-Christian values, namely, the sanctity of life.
In Defense of Faith delves into several historical scenarios and traces the breakdown of Christian values that eventually led to these horrific crimes. The results are unnerving - everything from creating alternative moralities (such as Hitler did), to replacing God with gold (as in the case of the Catholic, Spanish Conquistadors). Still others held to the worldview that humans are of no more worth than any other species in the animal kingdom.
Conversely, there have been those throughout history who have held strongly to their biblical values, overcoming their own selfish genes, and looking upon their fellow man as made in the image of God. They loved their neighbors as themselves, and as a result, these men and women won many battles against segregation and injustice, and against brutality and genocide.
As Brog makes his case, the voices of history call for us to embrace our Judeo-Christian faith - the faith that William Wilberforce had when he purposed to free an oppressed people - the faith Martin Luther King stood on when he fought hate and discrimination - a faith that brings light and hope to a sin-sick world.
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I have read this book 3 times. It is the knowledge that Christians and Jews have a ton of power and that those who ridicule the righteous are just lost in the dark and the lies... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Terrie-bookworm
David Brog captures the intricacies of history to showcase the level of commitment people of faith had and still are capable of having to change history for the better. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Matt
Inside this book lies the blueprint to restoring Western Civilization to it's original purpose - to be the light of the world, a city on a hill that cannot be hidden. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Samuel Lourie
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This book is not really a defense of faith, and perhaps it could have done with a different title. It is an excellent, well written, well researched and often amazing and inspiring... Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Yoram Hazony
In his Preface David Brog tells us that "throughout the ages" humans have treated those outside their group or tribe quite cruelly -- killing them, enslaving them, and so on. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by Tom Mates
From eugenics to slavery, infantcide to genocide, Marx to Hitler, Brog takes the reader through the atrocities of Western civilization and chronicles the role that the... Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by Christine Davisson
Readers from a variety of backgrounds will find this book provides a captivating discussion of the Judeo-Christian contribution to the modern Western world view. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by Ari Morgenstern
Extremely disappointing. I only read a small part of the book due to the amount of incorrect information. Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by Jeff Lutz