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Wealth & Poverty Review Knee Jerk Secularism



Last week in The Huffington Post, James Robison and I observed that Judeo-Christian ideas contributed to the American Experiment. Historically, this is hardly a controversial argument. We didn’t say that America is a “Christian nation.” And it’s not a partisan claim–we end the piece with a 2006 quote from then-Senator Barack Obama.

Nevertheless, within about twenty four hours, there were almost five hundred comments on our piece. They’re worth perusing. A few defend our basic claim, but most are critical–hysterically so. Of these, most claim to represent sweet reason. And yet there’s no shortage of non sequiturs, religious insults, ad hominems, demonstrably false myths about the founders, metaphysical panics, and historical cliches.

It is just this sort of knee-jerk secularism that inspired us to write the piece. It’s nice to have so many examples to establish our point.

Jay W. Richards

Senior Fellow, Assistant Research Professor, Executive Editor
Jay Richards, Ph.D., O.P., is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America, Executive Editor of The Stream and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute where he works with the Center on Wealth, Poverty and Morality. In addition to writing many academic articles, books, and popular essays on a wide variety of subjects, he edited the award winning anthology God & Evolution and co-authored The Privileged Planet.  His most recent book is The Human Advantage. Richards has a Ph.D., with honors, in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, an M.Div., a Th.M., and a B.A. with majors in Political Science and Religion. He lives with his family in the Washington DC Metro area.