ON-Lion Letter
In his timely and wide-ranging new Encounter Book, prominent American public intellectual Herbert London argues that the rise of radical secularism in the U.S. is a flaccid response to the challenge presented by the fanaticism of radical Islam.  In the so-called war of ideas, London writes in America's Secular Challenge:  The Rise of a New National Religion, our reflexive belief in relativism has handicapped our ability to thwart the inroads of fanaticism.

London is president of the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., and the former John M. Olin University Professor of Humanities at New York University

The secularist creed's opposition to traditional religion, its promotion of multiculturalism, cultural relativism, and materialism, and its belief in scientific rationality as the ultimate arbiter of human value, London believes, underwrite a view of life that is ill-equipped to meet the challenge of a zealous enemy with totalitarian ambitions.

In undermining the traditional roots of America, according to America's Secular Challenge, secular humanism has destroyed the West's only beliefs worth defending.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.  Bradley also substantially supports the Hudson Institute.
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