Synopses & Reviews
Are we as humans valuable, or are we simply a cosmic accident with no real meaning or purpose? Since the Enlightenment this debate has raged in Western culture, as many secular philosophies have emerged, proclaiming to us that humans are chance products of an impersonal universe. Humans, in this mistaken view, are no more than machines or animals.
These secular philosophiesincluding materialism, positivism, utilitarianism, socialism, existentialism, Freudian psychology, behaviorist psychology, and postmodernism, among othershave profoundly influenced our understanding of humanity, spawning intense debates over suicide, abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. Some of these secular ideologies have contributed to mass murder, not only in the spectacular cases of Hitler, Stalin, or Mao, but also in the Columbine school shootings and in the case of the serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer.
The title of Weikart's book, The Death of Humanity, refers to the demise of the concept (at least in some segments of our society) that humans are valuable. At the same time, it also reminds us that today real people are dyingpurposely being killedbecause of our lack of respect for the sanctity of human life.
Do you believe human life is inherently valuable? Unfortunately, in the secularized age of state-sanctioned euthanasia and abortion-on-demand, many are losing faith in the simple value of human life. To the disillusioned, human beings are a cosmic accident whose intrinsic value is worth no more than other animals.
The Death of Humanity explores our culture's declining respect for the sanctity of human life, drawing on philosophy and history to reveal the dark road ahead for society if we lose our faith in human life.
About the Author
is professor of modern European history at California State University, Stanislaus, and Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. He has published numerous scholarly articles, as well as four previous books, including From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany
. He has appeared in several documentaries, including Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
. In addition to scholarly journals, his work has been featured and discussed in the Washington Post
, Philadelphia Inquirer
, National Review
, Christianity Today
, various radio shows, and other venues.