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academia

BRAINWASHED: HOW UNIVERSITIES INDOCTRINATE AMERICA'S YOUTH

by Ben Shapiro
An expose of the leftist agenda at work in today's colleges, one that proves once and for all that so-called higher education continues to sink lower and lower into the depths of liberal madness as close-minded professors turn their students into socialists, atheists, and sex-crazed narcissists.

art

WALKING ON WATER: REFLECTIONS ON FAITH AND ART

by Madeleine L'Engle
This book contains twelve brief mediations on the nature of art and its relation to faith. L'Engle believes that "basically there can be no categories such as 'religious' art and 'secular' art because all true art is incarnational, and therefore 'religious.'" And "incarnation," in her view, means "God's revelation of himself through particularity."

philosophy

HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE?: THE RISE AND DECLINE OF WESTERN THOUGHT AND CULTURE

by Francis A. Schaeffer
As one of the foremost evangelical thinkers of the twentieth century, Schaeffer long pondered the fate of declining Western culture. In this brilliant book he analyzes the reasons for modern society's state of affairs and presents the only viable alternative: living by the Christian ethic.

IDEAS HAVE CONSEQUENCES

by Richard Weaver
In this classic work, Weaver argues that the catastrophes of our age are the product not of necessity but of unintelligent choice, the cure for which lies in the right use of man's reason, in the renewed acceptance of an absolute reality, and in the recognition that ideas have the potential to change the world.

PSYCHOLOGY AS RELIGION: THE CULT OF SELF-WORSHIP

by Paul C. Vitz
Secularism has evolved to become the "state religion" in North America largely due to the work of five key figures: Carl Jung, Erich Fromm, Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, and Rollo May. Vitz maintains that Judeo-Christian leaders who accepted this teaching must now concentrate on the result and accept the responsibility to alter the wrong direction society has taken because of it.

REDEEMING THE TIME

by Russell Kirk
Meant to be a companion to The Politics of Prudence, this collection of lectures to the Heritage Foundation by the last great intellectual conservative offer devastating assessments of contemporary American education, justice, architecture, fiction, multiculturalism, human rights, and natural law.

WHAT WE CAN'T NOT KNOW: A GUIDE

by J. Budziszewski
Budziszewski contends that at one time a common moral ground existed so that all cultures could agree on moral absolutes. Claiming that in contemporary society such mutual ground has given way to shifting moral standards, his book makes the case that we all have deep inside us a natural lawĄthe conscienceĄthat can return us to a clear understanding of right and wrong.

religion

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

by Rodney Stark
Stark's book challenges numerous assumptions about how religion affected the course of history. Foremost among his controversial claims is the assertion that the persecution of witches actually had more to do with the conflicts between the world's major religions than the oppressive beliefs of fanatical clergy or sexist men. Throughout the book, Stark makes a historical case for religion as a source of good rather than evil.

THE NEW FAITHFUL: WHY YOUNG ADULTS ARE EMBRACING CHRISTIAN ORTHODOXY

by Colleen Carroll
Where the baby boomers have largely rejected the trappings of traditional Christianity, a new generation of Americans are embracing them with renewed fervor; Carroll explores this phenomenon and reveals the various ways in which American Gen-X believers exhibit a longing for truth and a determination to change the world.

TOTAL TRUTH: LIBERATING CHRISTIANITY FROM ITS CULTURAL CAPTIVITY

by Nancy Pearcey
Pearcey tackles American culture's sacred and secular divide, arguing that such false dichotomies are what destroy our efforts at personal and cultural renewal, and in the process makes a case for Christianity as truth about total reality.

science

BY DESIGN OR BY CHANCE?: THE GROWING CONTROVERSY ON THE ORIGINS OF LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE

by Denyse O'Leary
In the most accessible style possible, O'Leary takes the reader on a journey through the world of intelligent design and Darwinian evolution, highlighting the claims of each and every other scientific ideology that has ever posited an origin to the universe.

THE DESIGN REVOLUTION: ANSWERING THE TOUGHEST QUESTIONS ABOUT INTELLIGENT DESIGN

by William Dembski
Writing with nonexperts in mind, Dembski clearly and concisely answers more than forty of the most vexing questions posed to the intelligent design program by both scientists and laymen who have attended his many public lectures or who have raised objections in written reviews.

THE PRIVILEGED PLANET: HOW OUR PLACE IN THE COSMOS IS DESIGNED FOR DISCOVERY

by Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards
The two authors demonstrate that our planet is exquisitely fit not only to support life, but also to give us the best view of the universe, as if Earth were designed both for life and for scientific discovery; topics include the history of tectonic plates, the wonders of water and solar eclipses, and our location in the Milky Way.

THE WEDGE OF TRUTH: SPLITTING THE FOUNDATIONS OF NATURALISM

by Phillip Johnson
Science speaks so authoritatively in our culture that many are tempted to use its clout to back claims that go beyond the available evidence; Johnson incisively pinpoints the philosophical assumptions of scientific naturalism and counters the objections to intelligent design raised by its most recent critics.

sex & family

PORNIFIED: HOW PORNOGRAPHY IS TRANSFORMING OUR LIVES, OUR RELATIONSHIPS, AND OUR FAMILIES

by Pamela Paul
Author Pamela Paul argues that as porn has become more pervasive, it has changed our marriages and families as well as our children's ideas of sex and sexuality. In the dozens of interviews and a nationwide Harris poll that she conducted as part of her research, Paul exposes how porn has infiltrated our lives.

society

THE NEW RELIGIOUS HUMANISTS: A READER

by Gregory Wolfe
An anthology of essays by a new group of religious intellectuals who believe that ideology can be transcended by balancing change and permanence, the individual and community, human realities and divine imperatives, a tragic sensibility and authentic hope.

television

AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH: PUBLIC DISCOURSE IN THE AGE OF SHOW BUSINESS

by Neil Postman
Postman argues that before we hand over politics, education, religion, and journalism to the show-business demands of the television age, we must recognize the ways in which the media shape our lives and the ways in which we can, in turn, shape them to serve our highest goals.