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Benjamin Wiker (born 1960) is a Roman Catholic ethicist.

Biography[edit]

Benjamin Wiker obtained his PhD in ethics from Vanderbilt University then went on to teach at a variety of institutions including Marquette University, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Thomas Aquinas College, and the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He came to attention in 2002 with the publication of Moral Darwinism: How We Became Hedonists. In this book, Wiker aims to show how Darwinism by its very nature completely undermines the ethical foundations of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam because its materialist cosmology is incompatible with any concept of natural law.[1] Wiker became a member of the Discovery Institute, a think tank supporting this idea, soon after the publication of the book.

His next major book, Architects of the Culture of Death, co-written with veteran Catholic ethicist Donald DeMarco, looks at how the most influential thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from Schopenhauer to Peter Singer have undermined the Christian value of "sanctity of life".[2] 2008's 10 Books That Screwed Up the World looks at fifteen important books from The Prince to The Feminine Mystique and aims, following Paul Johnson and E. Michael Jones, to show how the actual lives of these thinkers led to fundamentally distorted views about human nature, morality, and sexuality.

The Darwin Myth is a biography of Charles Darwin which portrays Darwin as a good husband and a kind, charitable person and claims that Darwin was involved in an ideological conspiracy by members of the late Enlightenment which aimed to remove God from science.[3] Wiker uses these claims to support his own belief in a supernaturally guided theistic evolution as an alternative to the naturalist view espoused by Darwin and modern biology.[4]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Darwin as Epicurean
  2. ^ See DeMarco, Donald and Wiker, Benjamin; Architects of the Culture of Death; p. 361
  3. ^ Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin
  4. ^ Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin

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Town Hall

Town Hall
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:10:17 -0700

"The supreme court under this constitution would be exalted above all other power in the government, and subject to no controul....There is no power above them, to controul any of their decisions. There is no authority that can remove them, and they ...

National Catholic Register

National Catholic Register
Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:37:37 -0700

COMMENTARY: The issue is not whether using any means to win a war is politically effective. What is at stake is the moral effect of removing any moral limit to our actions and allowing the ends to justify any means. Tweet. by BENJAMIN WIKER 08/06/2015 ...
 
The Columbian
Wed, 12 Aug 2015 06:13:39 -0700

Since this time, the Catholic Church in particular has advocated for the separation of church and state for a multitude of reasons. An excellent book on this topic is called "Worshipping the State" from Benjamin Wiker which I would recommend anyone to ...
 
National Catholic Register (blog)
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:22:35 -0800

In his homily to the 2005 conclave that would soon choose him as the successor of Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger warned those attending, “We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain ...
 
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Thu, 09 Jul 2015 02:45:00 -0700

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Acton Institute (blog)

Acton Institute (blog)
Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:04:16 -0700

girl grad Does having a college diploma mean you are ready for the workforce? It depends on who you ask. If you ask those involved with higher education, almost 75 percent say, “yes.” However, both students and employers are less sure: less than 60 ...

National Catholic Register

National Catholic Register
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 19:10:38 -0700

“The left has been preparing the culture for this ruling for years, evangelizing its own gospel of sexual freedom from the constraints of the Judeo-Christian understanding of sexuality and marriage,” Benjamin Wiker, an associate professor of political ...

Acton Institute (blog)

Acton Institute (blog)
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:11:16 -0700

I recently enjoyed a brief back-and-forth with 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben in which he claimed that I accused him of lacking religious faith. That most assuredly was not the case. I told him so, but also stood by my initial assertion that he and ...
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