ARCHITECTS OF THE CULTURE OF DEATH
by Donald DeMarco & Benjamin Wiker
(Ignatius, 2004, 410pp, $33.00. Available from AD Books)
The "Culture of Death" has become a popular phrase, and is much bandied about in academic circles. Yet, for most people, its meaning remains vague and remote. DeMarco and Wiker have given the Culture of Death high definition and frightening immediacy. They have exposed its roots by introducing its "architects."
In a scholarly, yet reader-friendly delineation of the mindsets of twenty-three influential thinkers, such as Ayn Rand, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alfred Kinsey, Margaret Sanger, Jack Kevorkian, and Peter Singer, they make clear the aberrant thought and malevolent intentions that have shaped the Culture of Death.
Still, this is not a book without hope. If the Culture of Death rests on a fragmented view of the person and an eclipse of God, hope for the "Culture of Life" rests on an understanding and restoration of the human being as a person, and the rediscovery of a benevolent God.
The "Personalism" of John Paul II is an illuminating thread that runs through Architects, serving as a hopeful antidote. An action-packed, riveting and educational exposé that reveals little-known facts that are shocking and incredible. You will not want to put this book down.
Jodie Brown is President of the American Life League.