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Secularism is Swell: Harvard Political Review and Me

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I did an interview with the Harvard Political Review several weeks ago.  The story is largely a paean to secularism. Steven Pinker even takes credit for democracy as an achievement of secularists.  I know.  That’s the history you get from an evolutionary psychologist.

To the author’s credit, I was certainly treated fairly.  I only wish she’d offered more of our interview to her readers.  For those who would like to read it, I have posted it in full over at First Thoughts.

Hunter Baker Hunter Baker, J.D., Ph.D. serves as contributing editor to The City and to Salvo Magazine. In addition, he has written for The American Spectator, American Outlook, National Review Online, Christianity Today, Human Events.com, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and a number of other outlets. His scholarly work has appeared in the Journal of Law and Religion (“Competing Orthodoxies in the Public Square: Postmodernism’s Effect on Church-State Separation”), the Regent University Law Review (“Storming the Gates of a Massive Cultural Investment: Reconsidering Roe in Light of its Flawed Foundation and Undesirable Consequences”), and the Journal of Church and State. In 2007, he contributed a chapter “The Struggle for Baylor’s Soul” to the edited collection The Baylor Project, published by St. Augustine’s Press. He has also been a guest on a variety of television and radio programs, including Prime Time America and Kresta in the Afternoon. As a law student in the late 1990s, Hunter Baker worked for The Rutherford Institute and Prison Fellowship Ministries where he focused primarily on defending the constitutional principle of religious liberty. Prior to beginning doctoral studies in religion and politics at Baylor University in 2003, he served as director of public policy for the Georgia Family Council. While at Baylor, Baker served as a graduate assistant to the philosopher Francis Beckwith and the historian Barry Hankins. He assisted Beckwith in the editing of his landmark book Defending Life which has now been published by Cambridge University Press. He also provided research assistance to Hankins in his forthcoming biography of Francis Schaeffer. Baker currently serves on the political science faculty at Union University and is an associate dean in the college of arts and sciences. He is married to Ruth Elaine Baker, M.D. They have a son, Andrew, and a daughter, Grace.

Comments

  • Patrick Powers

    Hunter,
    I read the article and you were articulate in making your points. There was no room for apologetics, so you were somewhat constrained on adding faith to reason.
    While I was at the site, I found their interview with Breitbart. It looks like he will be playing an important role in exposing the Liberal/Marxist factions in academia. He is a Tea Party protector, and he is “pissed.” I can agree with him. It is time that the academy defended their moral relativism in vigorous, reasoned debate, whether in the classroom or the media.

  • Patrick Powers

    Oops, forgot to add:
    Media battles are going to be interesting, if not fun, with Brietmart involved. Here is the last portion of his interview

    “That is my battle. That is what Big Education will fight mercilessly using video cameras and Alinsky tactics, to make life hell for totalitarian Marxist professors. [Families] are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, or, God forbid, students are taking out hundreds of thousands in loans in order to be turned against the system that they are about to graduate into. And I was one of those idiots.

    And now I’ve turned against my master, and I’m pissed”

    Maybe Acton can open an interest area or investigation into the ethical value of a university degree. We had a bad experience with Notre Dame last year, with Obama using the University to tell the Church to go meditate until the Bishops get it right.

  • Bin

    Hunter,I read the article and you were articulate in making your points. There was no room for apologetics, so you were somewhat constrained on adding faith to reason.While I was at the site, I found their interview with Breitbart. It looks like he will be playing an important role in exposing the Liberal/Marxist factions in academia. He is a Tea Party protector, and he is “pissed.” I can agree with him. It is time that the academy defended their moral relativism in vigorous, reasoned debate, whether in the classroom or the media.
    +1