Over at Fundy Central, Little Billy D pulls an O’Leary.
“Youth — the key to unseating Darwinian materialism
Check out this forthcoming book, in which I understand that our very own Sal Cordova is featured. Note especially Sam Harris’s blurb — with people like Harris expressing such foreboding, one has to wonder how close we are to seeing the Darwinian house of cards collapse under the weight of its self-delusion.”
The forthcoming book about which he’s blathering can be found at Amazon. It’s called Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement it’s by Lauren Sandler, and its scheduled release is September 7, 2006.
It’s apparently an in depth look at the fundy youth movement. After his salivating comments above about the upcoming release of this book, he does a wholesale copy and paste of the book review section of the Amazon page.
Now, reading his comments above, you might be tempted to think of this book as praise for the right wing fundy Christian movement. However, if you actually READ the reviews that he so flagarently slopped all over his post, you see a bit of a different timbre to the book.
“Lauren Sandler obliterates the naïve and complacent hope that keeps most secularists and religious moderates sleeping peacefully each night-the hope that, in 21st century America, the young know better than to adopt the lunatic religious certainties of a prior age. The young do not know better. In their schools, skate-parks, rock concerts, and in the ranks of our nation’s military, our children are gleefully preparing a bright future of ignorance and religious fascism for us all. If you have any doubt that there is a culture war that must be waged and won by secularists in America, read this book.”
—Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation
“Lauren Sandler has traveled among the believers and returned with a story that alarms, informs, and enlightens. She reveals the rise of a fundamentalist-style youth movement that has replaced faith with closed-minded certainty and is frighteningly cult-like. Read this book and you will understand this Disciple Generation and the challenge it poses to a civil society.”
—Michael D’Antonio, former Newsday religion writer and author of Fall From Grace and Heaven on Earth
“Righteous is the most adroit and fascinating examination of a great national ill, the muddling of faith and politics, the secular and the divine.”
—Brad Land, author of Goat
It seems to me that none of the above quotes are really positive towards the movement, only toward the book itself, and its expose of the movement.
Is it just me, or does anyone else get the impression that Dr. Doolittle-to-nothing forgot to actually read the reviews before he pasted them on his blog?
And given the topic of the book, what exactly does it have to do with science and ID? Unless, of course, ID is about religion, and not at all about science?
If this is his idea of promoting good science, it’s no wonder ID can’t get a place at the table.