Kresta in the Afternoon – July 24, 2018 – Hour 1

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+  How did Liberalism become our State Religion? (2 segments)

  • Description: The Establishment Clause of the first amendment has become a go-to tool for driving religion out of the public square and ultimately creating a de-Christianized Western Civilization. In this society, government is the new Oracle – Caesar sits in his rightful place. Dr. Ben Wiker joins us.
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    • Dr. Ben Wiker
      Ben Wiker is the author of several books, including "Worshipping the state: How Liberalism became our State Religion." He’s a Professor of Political Science and Director of Human Life Studies at Franciscan University, where he is also a Senior Fellow at the Veritas Center. He has also taught at Marquette University, St. Mary’s University and Thomas Aquinas College. Visit
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    • Worshipping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion

      Many Christians feel that they are being opposed at every turn by what seems to be a well-orchestrated political and cultural campaign to de-Christianize every aspect of Western culture. They are right, and it goes even further back than the Obama Administration. In Worshipping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion, Benjamin Wiker argues that it is liberals who seek to establish an official state religion: one of unbelief. Wiker reveals that it was never the intention of the Founders to drive religion out of the public square with the First Amendment, but secular liberals have deliberately misinterpreted the establishment clause to serve their own ends: the de-Christianization of Western civilization. The result, they hope, is government as the new oracle. Personal faith in a deity is replaced with collective dependence on government, and the diversity of religious practices and dogmas is reduced to a uniform ideological agenda. The liberal strategy is two-pronged: drive religion out of the public square, and then, in religion's place, erect the Church of the State to fill the human need for a higher power to look up to. But what was done can be undone. Outlining a simple, step-by-step strategy for disestablishing the state church of secularism, Worshiping the State shows the full historical sweep of the war to those on the Christian side of the cultural battle--and as a consequence of this far more complete vantage, how to win it. (learn more)

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