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The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power Hardcover – April 20, 2010
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Why is the public so ill-informed and thus ill served by the reluctance of the media to report the facts about terrorism---there I've said the "T" word out loud! Phillips explains it to us: the media has adopted Liberalism to the point where it despises all its other children. Objective truth. Accuracy. Facts. In short, its values have been sacrificed on the altar of secular humanism that rejects all external reality and substitutes reason and the scientific method with pseudo-science and elite ideology. The results are disastrous. Multicultural appreciation has turned into a dogma that has successfully invited the enemies of Western culture into the countries that benefited most from it. In the name of tolerance and equality, Western leaders have denigrated and all but destroyed the cultural legacy that outstripped and has outshone Muslim culture; what our leaders apologize for is Western achievement. As though apologizing for recognized flaws, like slavery, means apologizing for undeniable philanthropy. What other culture has produced the means to feed billions of people around the globe, and is willing to supply every nation (including its enemies) with humanitarian aid?
Phillips not only makes the intellectual and historical case for the preservation of Western values, which includes the liberation and education of women, tolerance of homosexuality, and civil right protection for minorities, but also demonstrates the absolute necessity for them for the world to be put right again. In other words, England and America have more in common with the religion of the Jews than with Islamofascism that is predicated on the destruction of all things Western. But why do the media ignore where our interests lie?
Liberalism and its bastards. For example, Phillips gives in depth consideration to the scientific hoax known as global warming that is decidedly and purposely anti-human. For a pristine planet, we humans must literally die off and those who are left must reject modernity altogether. (Think of her argument as Luddites with political clout!) Then there's the messianic nature of Liberal ideology that is a religion---Marxism, Islam, Fascism, Nazism---all these isms that believe the end (utopian nirvana) justifies the means and that always---always---sacrifice the individual to the collective, subjugate individual rights to collective rights, and substitute love of God with the love of the state. And always---always---end in totalitarianism.
Phillips' book is bone-achingly steeped in history, philosophy, rationality and adult reasoning, yet is frighteningly easy to understand. It is packed with "aha!" moments that make you say, "I knew it!" when you did know but didn't know why you knew. This is a book everyone should read, even committed Liberals. It may be what they need to wake themselves from the nightmare they are living, a nightmare that must end because, if it doesn't, the jihadi terrorists will continue to hack people to death in the streets of London and blow up marathon runners.
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind". (76)
Chapter 13 is "How Enlightenment Unraveled". Notes that Newton, Locke and Priestley were devout Christians. They used religion to start and develop the enlightenment in England. France was different. Voltaire wanted to destroy not only the catholic church, but Christianity itself. Reason in England served to support religion, in France to replace it. From Condorcet to Saint-Simon to Comte produced the terror and then dogmatic positivism with today's scientific "priesthood". (263)
The worship of human reason attacks freedom. What! Phillips sources this from Diderot's writing in the Encyclopedia. Whoever refuse reason "should be treated by the rest of his species as a wild beast. . .either insane or wicked and morally evil." (264)
Think the terror, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, etc. The terror had the official title "Republic of Virtue". This is the false identification of reason with virtue. (265)
The German reaction against French rationality was romanticism. This elevated emotions to the sacred. It led to nationalism and fascism. This was explicit attack on reason, science, modernity and universal values. (268)
Isaiah Berlin noted the German poet Heine wrote in 1832 that the Germans would destroy Western civilization. - "Implacable Kantians with axe and sword will uproot the soil of our European life to tear out the roots of the past. Armed Fichteans will appear restrained neither by fear or greed. . .and most terrible of all would be Schelling's disciples, the Philosophers of Nature who, isolated and unapproachable beyond the barriers of their own obsessive ideas, will identify themselves with the elemental forces of the demonic powers of ancient german pantheism." (269)
"The First World War did not merely remake the map of the world and alter the course of global politics, but within Europe delivered a body blow to religious belief along with trust in authority and faith in human progress." (273)
This also demolished belief in the power of reason. Nihilism was here, along with nazism, Marxism and the Frankfurt school.
The "post modernism" of Foucault and Derrida is a "egregious example of academic narcissism, but it's impact has been huge and profound, and its effects are all around us. Putting it simply, it's "deconstruction" of the idea of truth has produced a public discourse built upon a repudiation of objective knowledge and a concomitant openness to the falsehoods of ideology or propaganda." (276)
"The substitution of lies for objective information in the service of the "greater truth" of prior conclusions has taken deep root in those areas of the academy where ideology rules. This is true even in the case scientific fields such as climate change." (277)
Quotes Mike Hulme, leading professor on climate change: "Scientists - and politicians - must trade (normal) truth for influence. . . Climate change is too important to be left to scientists - least of all normal ones." (278)
Chapter 14 is "The Attack on Western Civilization". When morality is privatized "Love was emptied of alturism, sentimentaliy replaced genuine emotion, and a culture of narcissism took up residence in serial relationships of mutual self-regard. The sense of the sacred and the concept of intrinsic worth were all but destroyed by the prevailing utilitarianism." (283)
"As George Steiner has observed, the concept of the Mosaic God is a unique development in human experience. There has been no genuinely comparable notion at any other time or place. It makes "unspeakable demands" of the mind: brain and conscience demanded to invest belief, obedience and love in an "abstraction more inaccessible than mathematics." (315)
Chapter 15 is "Reason and the Bible". Presents that prominent scientists such as Dawkins and Weinberg believe their calling is to destroy faith in religion. Francis Bacon, key father of the scientific enlightenment, wrote that scientists will become the new priesthood. Comte continued this with the materialist dictatorship of Positivism. "Comte posited instead that knowledge had to be based on experience, but this led straight into a trap, since human experience is intrinsically subjective." (319)
Thus rational science plunged into the deepest irrationality.
"Darwinism, meanwhile, is not so much science as materialism applied to biology. The belief that Creation is false did not derive from Darwinism. Darwinism derived derived from the belief that Creation was false." (320)
Other scholars have concluded that Darwinsim is philopsophy - not biology. Karl Popper is one noteable example. (321)
Physics is driving science closer to religion. Think quantum theory. The Big Bang evidence. Arno Penzias, nobel prize for background radiation, observed: "The best data we have concerning the Big Bang are exactly what I would have predicted had I nothing to go on but the five Books of Moses, the Psalms, the Bible as a whole." (322)
Phillips explains that Judaism is rational, providing logical reasons for human existence and clear foundation for morality. Christianity incorporated this but then took "a step backward from the worldly grounding of the Hebrew Bible and rabbinical Judaism because of the notions of the Incarnation and the Trinity." (335)
This is pagan Greek philosophy - not Bible truth. This weakened Christianity's connection to evidence and reason.
Notes the conversion of Andrew Flew, world famous atheist. He writes: "It's simply inconceivable that any material matrix can generate agents who think and act. Matter cannot produce conceptions and perceptions. A force field does plan or think. So at the level of reason and everyday experience, we become immediately aware that the world of living, conscious, thinking beings has to originate in a living Source, a Mind." (336)
"The result has been the tyrannical ideologies of the modern age, which has forgotten that the reason upon which it prides itself and the science that flows from that reason owe their existence to religion." (337)
(This theme is also covered in "Embattled Reason" by Reinhard Bendix.)
Chapter 2 -THE MYTH OF ENVIRONMENTAL ARMAGEDDON
- SCIENCE IS REPLACED BY THE MANUFACTURE OF MYTHS
Chapter 5 -SCIENTIFIC TRIUMPHALISM
SCIENTISM, OR SCIENTIFIC TRIUMPHALISM
ROOTS OF SCIENTISM DO NOT ACTUALLY LIE IN SCIENCE AT ALL
HOW MATERIALISM LEADS TO UNREASONABLE ASSERTIONS
THE FALSE POLARITY BETWEEN SCIENCE AND METAPHYSICS
THE TERROR OF GOING WHERE THE EVIDENCE LEADS
THE CREATION MYTH OF SCIENTIFIC NATURALISM
Chapter 6 -THE SECULAR INQUISITION
THE “STUPIDITY OF HUMAN DIGNITY”
THE UNINTELLIGENT ATTACK ON INTELLIGENT DESIGN
THE PERSECUTION OF GLOBAL WARMING SKEPTICS
Chapter 11 -THE RED-BLACK-GREEN-ISLAMIC AXIS
EVOLUTION FED INTO BOTH PROGRESSIVE AND FASCIST THINKING
THE CONTINUUM OF FASCISM AND ENVIRONMENTALISM
THE NEW AGE REPACKAGED FASCIST PAGANISM AS PROGRESSIVE
WHY THE MOST HIGH-MINDED TURN INTO BIGOTED TOTALITARIANS
Chapter 12 -THE QUEST FOR REDEMPTION
SECULAR WESTERN MILLENARIAN FANTASIES
THE PURSUIT OF UTOPIAS IN THE CONTEMPORARY WEST
THE QUASI-RELIGIOUS IMPERATIVE OF MODERN MASS SECULAR MOVEMENTS
Chapter 13 -HOW ENLIGHTENMENT UNRAVELED
THE CONFLICT BETWEEN REASON AND LIBERTY
THE BACKLASH AGAINST REASON IN GERMAN ROMANTICISM
HOW PROGRESSIVE THINKING DESTROYED MAN AS A FREE AND RATIONAL BEING
A DEMORALIZED INTELLIGENTSIA TURNS AGAINST REASON AND MODERNITY POSTMODERNISM AND A CULTURE OF MANDATED MENDACITY
Chapter 14 -THE ATTACK ON WESTERN CIVILIZATION
THE NEGATION OF MORAL AGENCY
HUMAN RACE BECOMES ENEMY NUMBER ONE
THE SANCTIFICATION OF SELF-REGARD
Chapter 15 -REASON AND THE BIBLE
THE FALSE POLARITY BETWEEN RELIGION AND SCIENCE
WHY THE WEST PURSUED SCIENCE WHILE THE REST DID NOT
THE MARRIAGE OF RELIGION AND REASON IN JUDAISM
THE DEEP UNREASONABLENESS OF ABOLISHING GOD
Chapter 18 -THE DISENCHANTMENT OF REASON
THE TOTALITARIANISM OF VIRTUE
THE SOFT BIGOTRY OF THE ENLIGHTENED
This book is written as a series of essays. Each reader will find favorites. Phillips uses a lot of sources. Not a superficial read. Interesting.
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