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"Hunter Baker's volume is a much-welcomed addition to the debate on the role of religion and faith in the public square. To the confusion regarding matters of religion and politics, Baker brings illuminating clarity. To the ambiguity regarding the meaning and place of pluralism, he provides thoughtful analysis. To the directionless arguments for secularization, he offers an insightful and discerning response. This much-needed volume provides a readable, historically-informed, and carefully-reasoned case for the place of faith in our public deliberations. It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend it."
—David S. Dockery, President, Union University
"Hunter Baker is a gifted writer who knows how to communicate the issue of secularism to an audience that desperately needs to hear a critical though winsome voice on this matter. In many ways, the book is a twenty-first-century sequel to the late Richard John Neuhaus's classic, The Naked Public Square. Baker understands the issues that percolate beneath the culture wars. They are not merely political but theological and philosophical, and they are rarely unpacked in an articulate way so that the ordinary citizen can gain clarity. Baker offers his readers that clarity."
—Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University; author of Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice
"Hunter Baker is one of the sharpest thinkers in contemporary American Christianity. This work will provoke the same kind of conversation ignited by Richard John Neuhaus's The Naked Public Square. Read this book slowly with a highlighter and a pen in hand as you think about questions ranging from whether the Ten Commandments ought to hang in your local courthouse to whether there's a future for public Christianity."
—Russell D. Moore, Dean, School of Theology; Senior Vice President for Academic Administration; Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"The task of discerning the alternative to practical atheism lived by many nominal Christians and the pretense of a neutral secularism has been made easier by this rich study. Once authentic Christians grasp the ramifications of the incarnation of Christ, then and only then will it be apparent that, as Baker argues, "secularism only makes sense in relation to religion."
—Robert A. Sirico, President, Acton Institute
"The End of Secularism debunks the widespread myth that secularism is the inevitable wave of the future, coming at us like an unstoppable force of nature. Baker shows instead that the secularization of society was the result of deliberate planning and concerted effort by a relatively few determined ideologues. Baker makes it clear that what they did can be undone. We shall be hearing more from this promising young man."
—Jennifer Roback Morse, Founder and President, The Ruth Institute
"Hunter Baker has produced a powerful and carefully constructed argument against the secularists in our midst who are attempting to subvert the traditions that gave birth to our unique national enterprise."
—Herbert London, President, Hudson Institute; Author, America's Secular Challenge
"Secularism was supposed to have displaced religion before the end of the last century. It failed. Hunter Baker has done every Christian interested in a faithful life in the public square an immense favor. As an important and emerging young evangelical scholar and public thinker, Baker doesn't cower at the seemingly imposing face of secularism but intelligently reads its vital signs and confidently declares its inherent weaknesses."
—Glenn T. Stanton, Cultural Researcher, Speaker; Author, Marriage on Trial and My Crazy Imperfect Christian Family
It's a dense book, heavily footnoted, presenting a lot of information in a relatively short (194 pages) format.
Baker is well aware of the limitations of his deconstructive project, even if he hints occasionally at a positive alternative.
For the pragmatic atheists and religious zealots alike, The End of Secularism will test beliefs and sharpen understanding.
Professor Baker writes with an eloquence that carries the reader through some intense discussions about the role of secularism in the public arena. Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by David Pitman
Well done! Hunter's grasp of history, his objectivity and balance in his research and his economy of expression allow him to cover a lot of important intellectual territory in a... Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by RogerBlankenship
"The view that consideration of the present well-being of mankind should predominate over religious considerations in civil affairs or public... Read more
This, Baker's first book, is the culmination of ten years of law school, public policy advocacy, and doctoral work. Read morePublished on December 15, 2009 by Andrew Draper
Well, secularism is not atheism, nor is it humanism. Many theists or even Christians are secularists. Read morePublished on October 21, 2009 by C. Kronquist
Hunter Baker's new book, The End of Secularism, is a breath of fresh air in the ongoing debate over how Christians ought not act in the public square. Read morePublished on October 19, 2009 by Matthew Anderson
Baker's slim volume is an intelligent brief against the popular "modern" conception of secularism that seeks to keep the religious out of public life. Read morePublished on October 6, 2009 by Kevin Holtsberry
As another reviewer noted, this book is packed with information. Though short, this isn't the kind of book you can read while multi-tasking. Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by Bobby Bambino