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"Christianity is being deliberately pushed out of our culture--so that secular liberalism can be established in its place. I use the term 'establish' quite deliberately. One religion is being actively disestablished, while another is being (in fact, largely has been) established in its place.

Liberalism is more than a political persuasion. It's a religion with its own doctrines about cosmology and morality. I am aware that this is a controversial claim; it will take the bulk of this book to prove it."

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"This wide-ranging and clearly-written account of the intellectual background of recent efforts to drive Christianity from public life makes clear the depth of the problem. Wiker's account covers figures from Machiavelli through Spinoza, Locke, Jefferson, and the founders of today's education system, and emphasizes the ways in which influential anti-Christian thinkers who may seem very different from each other agree on basic issues. It is a sobering call for the transformation of political and academic life that should be taken seriously by anyone alarmed by the current plunge into the soft totalitarianism of radical secularism."

James Kalb, author of The Tyranny of Liberalism: Understanding and Overcoming Administered Freedom, Inquisitorial Tolerance, and Equality by Command

"Ben Wiker's book is a no-holds-barred assault on liberalism, as the established (secularist) religion of our times.  Current discussions of American public philosophy have to confront these fundamental questions: Has liberalism taken an unfortunate turn - one that was not inevitable - and can it be rehabilitated?  Or was it rotten at its core, from the start, and therefore irredeemable?  This book lays out, with power and passion, one way of answering those questions, and deserves to be part of that discussion."

Christopher Wolfe, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Marquette University, Co-director of the Thomas International Center, and author of Natural Law Liberalism (Cambridge)

"Benjamin Wiker's book is the most forthright and unblinking analysis yet published of the ubiquitous assault on religion in American society. Not only every religious believer but every believer in religious liberty should read it.'

James Hitchcock, Professor of History, St. Louis University and author of What is Secular Humanism?, The Recovery of the Sacred, and The Supreme Court and Religion in American Life. 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; 1St Edition edition (March 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621570290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621570295
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Benjamin Wiker is a writer, teacher, husband of one wife, and father of seven children. He has a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Vanderbilt University, an M.A. in Religion from Vanderbilt University, and a B.A. in Political Philosophy from Furman University. He has taught at Marquette University, St. Mary's University (MN), Thomas Aquinas College, and Franciscan University. He is now an Associate Professor of Political Science at Franciscan University, and a Senior Fellow of Franciscan's Veritas Center.

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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Roger Bonilla on March 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The first thing to know about Worshipping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion, is that it is not an angry conservative-radio diatribe transcribed to paper (though its tone is indignant and energetic). Benjamin Wiker (B.A. in Political Philosophy, Furman U.; M.A. in Religion and Ph.D. in Theological Ethics, both from Vanderbilt U.) is not a ranter. He has authored or co-authored 11 books since 2002, all showing scholarly workmanship and all directly or indirectly concerned with the ongoing cultural-philosophical crisis in the USA (and in Western civilization generally). He habitually takes a historical approach to his subjects, and any reader, left, right, or center, can learn from and be mentally challenged by the documented historical facts presented in this book.

The thesis of Worshipping the State is that secular liberalism, a movement in politics and philosophy, is in ascendancy in the USA today and is using its power to minimize or eliminate the public influence of traditional religious morality and of theistic belief generally (that is, the belief that God is real, that He is the source and continuing ground of all things, that He is personal in terms of having intentions and purposes and the ability to act to realize those intentions and purposes---Academic American Encyclopedia).

Wiker is one of many scholarly authors who have written against this "secularist orthodoxy" which is the default worldview in the present-day American intelligentsia.*

His focus in this book is on the relation of religion to government (the state) from the time of the late Roman Empire through the Middle Ages and up to the present situation in America.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Gary Nelson on March 16, 2013
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Prophets in the Old Testament spoke the words of God, but they also knew how to read the signs of the times. Ben Wiker has put together in Worshipping The State a mountain of data and historical facts to prove his point: liberalism as we see it today is designed to obliterate Christianity and replace it with a hedonistic pagan-state that functions both as government and religion. Liberals who read this book might scoff initially at it's forthright premise, but after reading only a few pages, would see that this is no joke. Liberalism takes on all of the characteristics of a religion (dogma, doctrines about cosmology and morality) but utilizes the coercive power of the state to implement its agenda. Wiker notes the eerie parallels to pagan Rome that we are seeing in modern society today. And he carefully constructs the rise of this in the last 500 years through Machiavelli, Hobbes, Spinoza, Rousseau, Locke, and into the universities of today. This work is engaging, incredibly readable, highly researched, and well-documented. I highly recommend this work from a modern day prophet who is reading the signs of the times. His insight helps us understand where we are now, where we are headed, and why we have to stop the persecution of Christianity in order to save us from becoming the next formerly great empire. And while you are at it, pick up some of his prior books that carefully and insightfully examine where we are, and how we got here.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Michael Augros on March 21, 2013
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Worshipping the State is definitely worth a read. It is very clearly written, and loaded with interesting insights into the history and political philosophy underlying the current developments in the relationship between church & state. While its target audience appears to be conservative Christians, or even Catholics in particular, this book is chock full of thought-provoking questions that should be of interest to any American, and to any lover of personal liberty, regardless of their political or religious affiliation (or non-affiliation). The book proposes much-needed principles and distinctions concerning the nature of the state and of liberty, and concerning the goals of secular liberalism, principles which all thinking persons should consider, whatever they happen to think of the author's own (unconcealed) convictions. One of the main theses, that secular liberalism is itself a religion, might perhaps have been even stronger if more nuanced -- secular liberalism does not seem to be called a "religion" in quite the same sense of the word as Christianity is, the many striking parallels that Wiker draws between them notwithstanding. (He does not deny this, but perhaps does not emphasize the difference as he might have done.) Nonetheless, the book does a fine job of showing that secular liberalism behaves enough like a religion that it should not be established in governmental policy, and that it is not at all religiously neutral, but threatens the freedom of religion properly so called.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By David G. Lohnes on March 15, 2013
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Not that it was hidden, but Benjamin Wiker does an excellent job of explaining the history of how Liberalism came to be a state religion. He does this by explaining the motives and beliefs of many of the great liberal philosophers. How their ideas were taken and implemented. Why Christianity was the target of these philosophers. Finally he shows how slowly but surely Christianity was pushed out of the public square and Secular Liberalism was ushered in to replace it.

The first 15 chapters at times had me disheartened, amazed, shocked and in wonder. The last chapter brought hope as it had a 'call to arms' with definite actions that need to be taken to expose Secular Liberalism as a religion and to disestablish it as our state religion.

This book was very eye opening to me, a social and economic conservative. I am going to encourage both conservative and liberal friends of mine to read it as I think it will open some minds. The Truth is a hard thing to deny.
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