The New Fundamentalists: Beyond Tolerance
Father Daniel Brandenburg, LC, author of the recently released “The New Fundamentalists: Beyond Tolerance”, Updated schedule of book presentations!
A book with a title like “The New Fundamentalists” doesn’t
exactly Tsound like light summer reading. But there are some
books that address important themes with a style so readable
and easy to follow, and with an argument that unfolds
with such lucid, clean logic, sprinkled with humor and down-to-earth
examples and illustrations, that it’s like a refreshing drink on
a hot day. This is one of those books, and
it is now available from Circle Press.
|The book is avaliable on Circle Press.|
topic: a diagnosis of what Pope Benedict XVI has called
“the dictatorship of relativism” and a prescription for positive action.
Brandenburg argues that relativism is like a virus in the
system, and that it is derailing the fundamental human institutions
that build up society, such as marriage and family. He
demonstrates how the current educational establishment, mass media, and government
are often “carriers” of the disease of relativism, and gives
clear principles for refuting the main arguments that come up
in debate. The final section of the book outlines some
positive steps that we can take to oppose relativism and
build up the reign of reason, faith, and charity in
|Father Daniel Brandenburg, LC|
Every college student, grad student, and thinking person should read
this book, and here’s why:
- Clarity of mind is a necessary
survival skill. In a world full of inflated rhetoric and
mini sound-bites, it’s easy to feel confused and uncertain about
where the truth of the matter lies on the controversial
issues under debate. Father Brandenburg’s lucid style of thinking and
writing is like an X-ray that zeroes in on the
essential principles at stake. He not only gives useful information
and compelling evidence to support his arguments, but he also
equips his readers with the capacity to make key distinctions
on hot-button topics like homosexuality and the relationship of Church
and state. His approach makes the truth more accessible, and
his clarity is contagious.
- He practices what he preaches.
The book calls for reasoned dialogue and the search for
truth as an antidote to the fundamentalist trench mentality. And
page after page shows the reader how it can be
done. The tone of the book is calm, occasionally humorous,
and ultimately optimistic. He looks at the dangers, inconsistencies, and
fallacies in the other side’s arguments, but he doesn’t slip
into useless railing, ranting, or raving. The thinking is sharp
and clear, but not loaded with irony or scorn. And
in the end, there are suggestions for positive action. This
fair-minded, constructive attitude is another positive contagion worth catching.
shareable. Once you have caught the disease of clear thinking,
you might want to pass it on to your friends.
The book’s opening invitation makes it clear that this is
a book for anyone who is willing to have an
open mind and discuss the issues in a reasonable way.
“The New Fundamentalists” would be a great Christmas gift for
some of your more liberal friends and colleagues. Parents should
especially consider giving it as a gift to their children
before they begin college. In fact, the opening chapter cites
the real-life example of a college student who bears the
full brunt of dogmatic relativism on campus, and the entire
book gives answers to students who could find themselves in
a similar predicament. It could also be useful for small
group discussion sessions.
Fr. Brandenburg currently is visiting several cities to
talk about his book and sign copies. For further information contact
Claudia at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is his schedule:
| ||September 12-16 ||Flint, MI |
| ||September 16-21 ||Atlanta, GA |
| ||September 21-24 ||Tampa,
| ||September 24-28
||Sacramento & San José,
| ||Sept 29
– Oct 3 ||Milwaukee,
| ||October 3-5
| ||October 5-7 ||Des Moines, IA|
| ||October 7-12 ||Mexico,
| ||October 12-13
Brandenburg, LC holds a bachelor’s and license degrees in philosophy
from Regina Apostolorum University in Rome, Italy, and is currently
pursuing an advanced degree in theology at the same university.
He was ordained a deacon by Bishop Josef Clemens, personal
secretary of Cardinal Ratzinger for 19 years and current Secretary
of the Pontifical Council for the for the Laity, on
June 29th of this year and will be ordained a
priest December 22nd. He resides in Rome and works in
the general directorate of the Legion of Christ.