Jul 5, 2008

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The New Scientific Religious Myths

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Happy Fourth of July weekend. Busy show today.

How deeply did Marxism penetrate the anti-war movement of the
1960s? This movement had a constant undercurrent of Marxist
philosophy promoted by radicals against the Democratic Party. So
how then did that same undercurrent transform the Democratic Party
from traditional liberalism into progressive thought? David
Horowitz from FrontPage Magazine (www.frontpagemag.com) guests for
the first part of the show.

In various states legislators are concerned about the federal
government’s encroachment into areas that are the purvey of state
governments and they’re beginning to set limits. State
Representative Charles Key of Oklahoma comes on board to discuss an
initiative passing through that state’s legislature.

In the arguments between science and religion, we are told that
science represents reason and religion represents feeling or
belief. But science has been busy engendering an entirely new
series of religious narratives of its own, and the line between
them is blurring once again. Professor James Herrick, author of
“Scientific Mythologies: How Science and Science Fiction Forge New
Religious Beliefs,” is the final guest on the program today.

John’s boralogue compares the American and French revolutions,
pointing out that the American Revolution was not strictly the
product of secular enlightenment thinking but rather had an equal
component in the Protestant Reformation and the religious beliefs
of the American people.

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