Search Religion News

Show summaries



Religion News
Israeli News

Top News Stories
U.S. Political News
Canadian News

Christian Magazines
Link To Us

Bible Resources
• Bible Study Aids
• Bible Devotionals
• Audio Sermons
Community
• ChristiansUnite Blogs
• Christian Forums
• Facebook Apps
Web Search
• Christian Family Sites
• Top Christian Sites
• Christian RSS Feeds
Family Life
• Christian Finance
• ChristiansUnite KIDS
Shop
• Christian Magazines
• Christian Book Store
Read
• Christian News
• Christian Columns
• Christian Song Lyrics
• Christian Mailing Lists
Connect
• Christian Singles
• Christian Classifieds
Graphics
• Free Christian Clipart
• Christian Wallpaper
Fun Stuff
• Clean Christian Jokes
• Bible Trivia Quiz
• Online Video Games
• Bible Crosswords
Webmasters
• Christian Guestbooks
• Banner Exchange
• Dynamic Content
Subscribe to our Free Newsletter.
Enter your email address:

Religion News
 You're here » News Main Index » Religion News
Religion News
Printer friendly version
Email page to a friend
Link to this story

Independent Institute Launches Center on Culture and Civil Society

by Staff
February 9, 2010
Like This Page?

MEDIA ADVISORY, (christiansunite.com) -- The Independent Institute has announced the launch of the Center on Culture and Civil Society, headed by Senior Fellow Robert H. Nelson.

Nelson, Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Maryland and author of "The New Holy Wars," will be overseeing the efforts of the new Center to restore the focus on morality and natural law to its rightful, traditional place in the quest for scientific and economic understanding.

"Many of the most influential modern thinkers such as Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud treated religion as a 'false illusion' that was explained by deeper and more fundamental forces," said Nelson. "It is now apparent that . . . Marxism and Freudianism were themselves new forms of religion. . . . The Center on Culture and Civil Society is dedicated to probing the contents of contemporary worldviews in all their dimensions and the essential contributions religion must make to public understanding of our world and the policy issues we face."

In addition to being reasoning and creative, human beings are purposeful decision-makers, and yet the long-dominant naturalist worldview has treated people as passive objects, entirely pushed and pulled by their genes and environment.

"This reduces all human endeavor to the interplay of mechanistic and impersonal physical forces, strips the world of objective morality and truth-seeking, and fosters tyranny as individuals are considered mere objects for control by some elite who somehow consider themselves independent of the deterministic theories they support," said David J. Theroux, Founder and President of the Institute.

As a growing number of scholars and leaders begin to question this materialistic worldview, it is becoming clear that reason, ethics and science require more than material facts.

"By stressing the commonsense view of people as reasoning agents, these thinkers have revealed the importance of a non-materialistic culture for individual liberty, reason, and civic virtue," said Theroux.

Founded in 1986, the Independent Institute's mission is to boldly advance peaceful, prosperous and free societies, grounded in a commitment to human worth and dignity. Established centers have produced books and media programs on national security, economics, civil liberties, foreign policy, healthcare, education, and a range of other issues. The addition of the Center on Culture and Civil Society was made possible by the generosity of our donors.

To learn more about the Center on Culture and Civil Society, visit: www.independent.org/research/coccs

Discuss this article in the ChristiansUnite Discussion Forums

Back to Religion News Headlines.




More From ChristiansUnite...    About Us | Privacy Policy | | ChristiansUnite.com Site Map | Statement of Beliefs



Copyright © 1999-2016 ChristiansUnite.com. All rights reserved.
Please send your questions, comments, or bug reports to the

NOTE: News and information presented on this web site is for informational purposes only. ChristiansUnite.com does not necessarily endorse the views and opinions expressed.