Dear CRI Partner:
At some point, thinking people will rightly wonder,
Why is our world so screwed up?
The truth is that philosophers and theologians have wrestled with that question for centuries. And those seeking simple answers are certain to be disappointed.
But in our increasingly complex world, here’s an easy question:
Why are rivers polluted downstream?
Because of contaminants upstream!
Translated to the realm of ideas, you get the point. The thought worlds of millions of people “downstream” (average folks) have been polluted by the toxic ideas of thinkers “upstream” (philosophers, scientists, academics).
And just as toxins in our drinking water can cause disease and even death, so can toxic ideas cause millions of deaths over centuries.
But here’s the problem:
Most people are largely clueless about the sources of the mental toxins that have screwed up our world. And until we understand where the psychic sewage originates, we won’t know where to place the filtration systems!
(Because unregenerate minds inevitably will generate bad ideas, I’m not naïve enough to suggest that we can ever eliminate the actual sources. We can, however, develop and distribute discernment “filters” that can keep the toxins from seeping into our own minds and the minds of others.)
That’s why I’d like you to have a copy of Benjamin Wiker’s 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn’t Help.
Here’s the bottom line:
If you’ve heard of the “Great Books,”
these are their evil opposites.
From the book cover:
From Machiavelli’s The Prince to Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, these “influential” books have led to war, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family breakdown, and disastrous social experiments.
And yet these authors’ bad ideas are still popular and pervasive – in fact, they might influence your own thinking without your realizing it.
Why do I want you to get 10 Books That Screwed Up the World?
First and foremost, Christian orthodoxy (right belief) entails discernment. This includes the ability to reject bad thinking, and we can’t resist and reject what we can’t detect!
Second, being a persuasive Christian witness these days increasingly involves familiarity with the mental landscapes – almost always polluted – of today’s secularists, materialists, and atheists. Before venturing onto this terrain, we should be acutely aware not only of the intellectual sources that have shaped the secular mind but also their hideous consequences.
Third, central to CRI’s mission is equipping Christians to think and live Christianly. This involves our relentless attention to searching, screening, evaluating, and handpicking those resources that equip you and other fellow believers to stand effectively against the incessant onslaught of dangerous ideas in today’s rampant post-truth environment.
My hunch is that you’ll quickly see why this is a book you won’t want to miss.
As one endorser puts it, “Benjamin Wiker has read the worst books in Western Civilization so you don’t have to.”
In short, Wiker brilliantly and wittily distills some of history’s most dangerous and damaging thinking into bite-size pieces you can easily digest.
This is a book you’ll likely want to add to your personal library, and could be a great gift to someone struggling to understand how modern thinking got so screwed up and why so much of our world seems to be “off the rails” as a consequence.
But most importantly, please know that it’s your prayers and faithful financial support that enable CRI to sustain all of its “24/7” mind-changing and life-changing outreaches.
Because you care, every day vital tools and resources are being placed in the hands of fellow believers at home and abroad to equip them to stand effectively for life and truth!
Because Life and Truth matter…
P.S. This excerpt provides just a sneak preview of how Wiker, with merciless dexterity, dissects some of history’s worst ideas and their catastrophic consequences:
The greatest trick of Bolshevism, one that would make even Machiavelli jealous, was to make the miserable masses under Soviet rule imagine that their misery was for their own good – in fact, the greatest possible good imaginable for the entire world, a utopian reign of peace and plenty in a global stateless society without struggle or coercion. Given this vision, they would cheerfully and willingly endure the most oppressive government in history for the sake of removing governmental oppression once and for all. (Or be shot.)