Atheistic Humanism vs. the "Message from Jerusalem"

American culture is now dominated by people convinced that biblical religion must be expunged from the public square in the name of freedom, authenticity, and the Self.

Actors mocking Christianity at a satanic temple in Salem, Massachusetts on October 8, 2019. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images.

Actors mocking Christianity at a satanic temple in Salem, Massachusetts on October 8, 2019. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images.

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Jan. 13 2020
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George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, where he holds the William E. Simon chair in Catholic studies. His 26th book, The Irony of Modern Catholic History, was published by Basic Books in September 2019.


Eric Cohen’s thoughtful, provocative reflection in Mosaic on Attorney General William Barr’s Notre Dame lecture analyzing America’s contemporary cultural and social challenges is especially welcome in light of the caterwauling that followed Barr’s address. Much of the howling came perilously close to “the fascists are coming!” brand of hysteria-mongering that now seems the default reaction, in the progressive/mainstream-media/secularist commentariat, and on the American left in general, to any effort to reconnect American democracy to its religious, cultural, and moral foundations.

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