Item description for Why America Needs Religion: Secular Modernity and Its Discontents by Guenter Lewy...
In this trenchant analysis of the moral decline of modern America, Lewy describes the moral crisis caused by secular modernity and points to the role of religiousness as a necessary bulwark against today's social ills.
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Library Journal - 10/01/1996 page 84
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.08" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.45" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 19, 1996
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802841627 ISBN13 9780802841629
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More About Guenter Lewy
Guenter Lewy left his native Germany in 1939 at the age of fifteen, emigrating to Palestine and then to the U.S. He has been on the faculties of Columbia University, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts and is the author of Religion and Revolution, America in Vietnam, The Cause That Failed, and The Nazi Persecution of the Gypsies.
Guenter Lewy currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia. Guenter Lewy was born in 1923 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Emeritus) University of Massachu.
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An impressive read Dec 26, 2006
I was surprised to learn that the author is agnostic, as he admits in the preface. He does a balanced job of explaining the good and bad of religious belief in the modern world as well as what secular humanism has to offer. Then, he uses sociological studies to show that religion offers more benefits than a purely humanistic worldview. What I found interesting is the comparision between the decline of members in mainline Protestant churches and the corresponding increase in members in evangelical churches, which stress a personal commitment to Christ. Or, as the Bible, puts it: "Faith without works is dead."
This book can change a society. Jan 31, 1997
I review hundreds of books a year for my radio talk show, and have written three (the latest is Think a Second Time, HarperCollins). This short readable book by an agnostic is one of the few that I consider essential. It demonstrates beyond rational doubt why America needs religion. The data and the fairness are awe-inspiring.