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Architects of the Culture of Death Paperback – October 30, 2004
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The vignettes consist of a description of each philosophy; but more importantly they focus on the individual that developed the philosophy. Being able to see what brought each one to their viewpoint and how the viewpoint developed was amazing. How seriously would we in the modern day accept some of these individuals if we had that information? Many would be dismissed like street corner prophets. Even more enlightening was learning the tangible results of their philosophies in their own lives. Definitely not a pretty picture for them then or us now.
The authors do not leave you alone without hope and reason. They point out the faultier thought processes and counteract them with Catholic teaching, mostly from the Holy Father, John Paul II.
My only regret is that they covered Freud and missed Jung.
It's a great weekend read. Would also be a wonderful gift/reference for Catholic family members to send off to school with thier new college student.
Architects of the Culture of Death describes the lives, thoughts, and influence of 23 "great thinkers" who helped make our world. These include the famous -- Nietzche, Darwin, Marx, Sartre, Freud, Margaret Mead, Kinsey, "Dr. Death," Peter Singer -- the relatively unknown, and those somewhere in between (Ayn Rand, Margaret Sanger). What they share in common is they expanded on the intellectual and Promethian tendencies of the Enlightenment, attempted to reinvent human nature, usually had troubled (or frankly perverse) personal lives, and (the authors think) made the world a much worse place. Each chapter tells an individual story, usually rather sad, and draws a moral. The stories strung together are meant to show how Western civilization moved from a "pro-life" Christian perspective, to a perspective that diminishes and disfigures humanity, ending in abortion, infanticide, sexual loneliness, and of course the totalitarian regimes of the 20th Century. But most of the lines lead towards Western secularism.
The authors are not "morons" or "idiots," as the reviewer of apocalyptic temperment suggests. They are intelligent and informed, if sometimes simplistic. I'm not sure Darwin deserves the honor of being in the company of some of the deeply sinister folks who haunt these pages.Read more ›
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Wiker is spot-on with this book. A clear critique of today's culture of death. Must read for all.Published 17 days ago by Philip
Absolutely outstanding and valuable book. This is an eye-opening survey of most of the minds that influenced the development of Western Culture. Read morePublished 5 months ago by PhDinAK
Excellent book. I devour any and all of his books. He outlines quite vividly the context both historically and intellectually in which our modern way of thought has evolved into... Read morePublished 8 months ago by AJ
A previous comment mentions a Catholic slant in this book. That not will not give me (a non-Catholic Christian) any pause about buying it, I have found many of the great... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Christian R. Smith
This is a must read if you want to have good talking points when talking about the culture of death. I learned much from this book.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Highly recommended for delineating the particular influence key people have had in nurturing harmful and often hateful attitudes towards human life and faith.Published 16 months ago by Unsalted Noodle
A great overview of key philosophers that have contributed to a culture that is anti life. At times the refutations of these philosophies are theological. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Peter Keith Pellicaan
This book is an interesting, and documented, presentation of such figures as Freud, Kinsey, Ayn Rand, Darwin, Dr. Allan Guttmacher, Marx and other thinkers. Read morePublished 18 months ago by olderandwiser
As if no one's ever gone similarly hard on the political left!!??? This book only makes sense if the left obviously deserves exactly what this book purports to decry!!!!! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alan Eggers