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The world turned upside down : the global battle over god, truth, and power

In what we tell ourselves is an age of reason, we are behaving increasingly irrationally. An astonishing number of people subscribe to celebrity-endorsed cults, Mayan Armageddon prophecies, scientism, and other varieties of New Age, anti-enlightenment philosophies. Millions more advance popular conspiracy theories. Here, Melanie Phillips explains that the basic cause of this explosion of irrationality is the slow but steady marginalization of religion. We tell ourselves that faith and reason are incompatible, but the opposite is the case. It was Christianity and the Hebrew Bible, Phillips asserts, that gave us our concepts of reason, progress, and an orderly world on which science and modernity are based. Without its religious traditions, the West has drifted into mass derangement where truth and lies, right and wrong, victim and aggressor are all turned upside down. Worst of all, asserts Phillips, this abandonment of rationality leaves the West vulnerable to legitimate threats.--From publisher description
Print Book, English, 2010
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Encounter Books, New York, 2010