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The Race To Save Our Century
By Jason Scott Jones and John Zmirak
The Crossroad Publishing Company

In this book, the authors begin by noting the problems we face and then they
offer five core principles as remedy. According to them, modern ideologies of
evil can be summed up in one word: "subhumanism."

Individuals are seen not as persons but as useful products. What happens when the "product" is deemed less than useful? As the excellent chapters on radical individualism and utilitarian hedonism show, these "products" are discarded by means of the culture of death.

It is cogently argued that subhumanism is a direct consequence of the
anti-religious thoughts of Feurbach, Comte, Marx, Nietzsche and others. It is
noted that Descartes radically re-defined the role of philosophy, making way for the pantheism of Spinoza, the subjectivism of Kant and the other errors we see today. Theology too has fallen into error. We have the fideism of Luther and the emotivism of Schleirmacher. Doctrine is replaced by warm feelings and God is reduced to being, according to C S Lewis, a "senile grandfather in heaven."

Without traditional Christian beliefs, we end up behaving like the people of the
late Roman empire who "morally yawned at slavery, infanticide, aggressive war, the slaughter of enemy civilians, authoritarian government with no code of individual rights, prostitution and gladiatorial entertainment."

The authors offer five principles to promote a culture of life: to absolutely
value every human being, to recognize a transcendent moral order, to recognize that governments have an obligation to defend civil society, to promote the moral unity of the human family and to promote a humane economy. In other words, we need to promote Catholic social teaching which transcends the political left-right ideology.

This book shows us how to get out of the mess we are in.


      
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Version: 23rd December 2014



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