The Week in Books 2009, No. 2

“America’s Secular Challenge: The Rise of a New National Religion” by Herbert London is a short but broad examination of how the rise of secularism is impacting our culture, our ability to fight terrorism, and our prospects for future social order. London does a good job of identifying the weaknesses and points of bad logic inherent in a secular outlook, while also fleshing out why secularism has become such a popular belief system.

I think this book would be of interest to high school or college students who need some worldview perspective. I found the book to be a little more superficial than I expected, which may be because London intended the book for a younger or broader audience, but I found myself wishing he had been a little more rigorous or detailed at points. I do hesitate to make that criticism, because I don’t think London intended the book to be a scholarly rebuttal to the philosophy of secularism, but since that was what I was expecting when I picked up the book, I was a little disappointed. Overall though, depending on your expectations, this book is solid and a good overview of the impact of secularism in the West.

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