Indoctrinated Jul 30, 2009
Writers must be aware that they expose their own indoctrinations, yet I am amazed at how blatantly this writer offers bigotry. For example, on Page 14, he states, "“Although there is not now and never has been a better predictor of prosperity, family, and civility than the practice of Judaism and Christianity, modern Western governments have used their power over education to teach secularism at first, flowed by various antireligious dogmas and more recently, lifestyles repugnant to religious morality.” However, he does not address the arguments by which secularism is able to advance.
For example, I began to recover from my indoctrination into Protestantism when I came to grips with my opinion about a reported quotation of Jesus: "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters--yes, even his own life--he cannot be my disciple." Any being that would employ the word "hate" in this context cannot be my Lord, and I think that's my opinion for life. Believers have their ways of convincing themselves to accept this teaching, but I reject it and the motivations that caused it to exist.
From the secular viewpoint, Western successes came on the rule of law. For example, America's recovery from slavery, a victory of secularism over religion, is inspired by the godless Preamble to the Constitution.
Christianity's defense of slavery is a classic evidence that religion opposes nature. However, the author does not seem capable of natural thought, which requires respect for the truth most of which is not known.
The author writes with blind authority, which produces vague references such as "the practice of Judaism and Christianity." For me, that practice needs some explanation, whereas Judeo-Christiantiy is fairly understandable.
I bought this book on the recommendation of Thomas Sowell, and the reading diminished my opinion of Sowell.
I recommend the book as an experience with indoctrination instead of free and critical thought.