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Book Review, as a regular installment in this paper, is a valuable
addition to its format. There are a number of reasons why this
is so. First, the high and rising cost of books creates the need
to be able to ascertain the usefulness, and therefore, the relative
worth of an individual volume. Second, most individuals have
no ready access to volumes, such as we will
be reviewing, prior to
purchase. Third, we all have been in the regrettable position
of having purchased something only to find that we have wasted
our money. These reasons are but a few, but are enough to justify
an effort to give the public a chance to know something about
a book before a purchase is made. Couple with these the fact
that titles and dust covers are often inaccurate and misleading,
and you have ample justification for offering this service.
subject material and type of books that will be reviewed will
vary greatly in the religious and semireligious fields. Study
helps, such as Bible atlases, dictionaries, lexicons, commentaries,
etc., and subject studies, such as marriage, divorce, and remarriage,
Premillennialism, Calvinism, Humanism, etc., will be reviewed.
Hopefully, this will help the individual to obtain a general
and workable home library, or, at least, acquaint him with volumes
about areas of particular interest. On occasion, we will review
more than one volume on related subjects per issue. Your comments
and requests are solicited.
BATTLE FOR THE MIND, Tim LaHaye, Fleming H. Revell Co., Old Tappan,
New Jersey, 1980. This book, written by Tim LaHaye, who is a
Baptist, is one of the more readable works on the subject of
Secular Humanism. It is well documented and illustrated, quoting
profusely from the humanists themselves. Mr. LaHaye states in
the introduction that "This is not a book of gloom, doom,
and despair, but a clarion call to 'saltless' Christians..."
Written in 1980, the book was put forth, it seems, with a view
toward influencing Christians to engage in a moral awakening
to be evidenced in the then upcoming national elections.
book begins with an explanation and illustrations of the functions,
nature, and abilities of the
human brain or "mind." The fact that our minds and
our philosophies of life are the result of the information and
impressions stored over the years of our lives. The skyrocketing
crime rate, rebellion to man and God, and the declining morality
that characterizes the world in which we live (and especially
America), is laid directly at the feet of Secular Humanism.
history of humanism as a fundamental philosophy of life from
prior to the first century until now is adequately presented.
Mr. LaHaye is especially careful to explain the humanist takeover
in our country in education, politics, and the media. With the
vast majority of educational institutions and the media (magazines,
television, movies, newspapers, etc.) committed to humanism,
it is no wonder that the "Battle For The Mind" has
seemed to be a losing one. The appeal of humanism seems strongest
in the area of our egocentricity and that is why the "liberation"
theme is found throughout its writings. Mr. LaHaye aptly points
out the relative ease with which one becomes a practical humanist,
if not a militant one.
Battle For The Mind is a well written expose' of the false promises
and inevitable results of secular humanism. The chaos and anarchy
of a fully humanistic society is warned against. The "Five
Basic Tenets of Humanism" are Atheism, Evolution, Amorality,
Autonomous Man, and a One World Socialist View. Mr. LaHaye points
this out clearly from the writings of humanists. Several organizations,
societies, and individuals are named with evidence that they
are humanisticly oriented and committed to the furtherance of
humanism. LaHaye further points out the fact that humanism is
a religion by the humanists' own statement and Supreme Court
designation, and must be accepted by faith. He also points out
the frightening militancy with which the humanists engage in
missionary efforts. The humanist is after your child and mine,
the battle centering in the minds of the innocent.
LaHaye is a sectarian and evidences in this bock his doctrinal
error, especially Premillennialism. I believe, however, that
his handling of the exposure of humanism makes the book well
worth the money and an asset to one's library. The book is also
a good source to learn something about "The Moral Majority."