"Secular liberalism is a kind of inverse image, like a photo negative, of the religion it has so energetically worked to displace for the past several centuries. It is a kind of anti-Christian religion as extensive in its claims as the Christianity it denies, with its own set of passionately held beliefs and dogmas. It doesn't just look like a religion. It doesn't just function like a religion. It is a religion. - p. 307
From the time I was a teenager back in the 1960's I knew in my gut that there was something drastically amiss with the direction our country was headed in. I became even more convinced of this while attending a public college in the early 1970's. Like so many others I have had a great many misconceptions about the actual origins of many of the outrageous ideas and worldviews that have been steadily taking hold in our country. For virtually my entire lifetime the specter of secular liberalism has been advancing incrementally and relentlessly. One wonders how in the world did this happen? Recently I heard a fascinating interview with author Benjamin Wiker, PH.D. I immediately became convinced that his latest book "Worshipping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion" would address many of the nagging questions that I have had about these issues for all these years. And while this was not a particularly easy read I found that I could not put this one down.
Throughout the pages of "Worshipping the State" Benjamin Wiker introduces us to a number of influential philosophers whose ideas have contributed mightily to the secular liberalism that has become so prevalent in our day. Much to my surprise, many of these ideas and concepts are hundreds of years old. Wiker explores the radical anti-Christian ideas proffered by such luminaries as Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Auguste Comte, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and most especially the Jewish-Dutch philosopher Benedict de Spinoza. Shame on me because I had never even heard of Spinoza and as it turns out that his ideas are among the most important in the advancement of the secular liberal agenda. According to Wiker Spinoza's concept of a three-layered "human pyramid" goes a long way in helping to explain radical liberalism's contorted view of the world. You will discover why liberals seek to tear down the moral integrity of Christianity to a more easy-going moral code that nearly everyone can follow with very little effort. Thus, we have the emergence of the mainline or liberal Christian churches that are entirely at home in this world. These so-called churches and their leaders are useful tools in the drive to advance the statist agenda. As Benjamin Wiker so very cleverly puts it "You don't need the Nicene Creed if you're nice". In addition, Wiker shines the spotlight on the ruthless tactics employed by liberals down through the centuries to help them to get what they want. Clearly, as far as these folks are concerned "the ends justify the means".
While "Worshipping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion" is definitely not light summer reading most readers should be able to grasp the vast majority of the concepts that author Benjamin Wiker is trying to get across here. This is a scholarly and well-written book that goes a long way in helping to explain precisely how we got here. In the final chapter of the book called "Disestablishing Secular Liberalism" the author offers up a number of concrete suggestions and strategies designed to finally begin reversing all of this nonsense. But make no mistake about it.....we Christians certainly do have our work cut out for us. The election of Barack Obama and the radical policies being pursued by his administration are merely the culmination of a centuries-long effort to replace Christianity with a new secular religion. We cannot let them succeed. If you are concerned about these monumentally important issues then I believe that reading "Worshipping the State" would be a marvelous way to get yourself up-to-speed. In many ways this book proved to be a revelation to me. Highly recommended!
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