The Danger of a Society without Religion https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2017/05/the-danger-of-a-society-without-religion/

May 17, 2017 | Jonathan Sacks

In The Strange Death of Europe, Douglas Murray argues that the continent is committing suicide—in part because of the decline of religion and its replacement by a public dogma of human rights completely detached from theology. A very different book, Yuval Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind, likewise acknowledges the Judeo-Christian roots of liberal democracy, while putting on display its author’s contempt for religion. Discussing both books, Jonathan Sacks notes that Harari in fact demonstrates precisely the dangers of secularism against which Murray warns. (Video, 13 minutes.)

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