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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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Catholic World Report
Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:11:35 -0700

Benjamin Wiker. A 17th-century fresco in the Lateran Baptistery shows the vision of Constantine before the battle of the Milvian bridge in October 312. (Photo: Fr. Lawrence Lew, OP). On October 28, 312, Emperor Constantine met Emperor Maxentius in ...
 
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 ...
 
Discovery Institute (blog)
Tue, 28 Apr 2009 14:28:45 -0700

This essay is one of the most thoughtful replies to the problem of evil--that the existence of evil evidences against God's existence--I've seen packed into a short essay. It is a must read. Wiker describes how, in a feat of fuzzy thinking, evolution ...
 
Politics Daily
Wed, 29 Sep 2010 10:34:28 -0700

If ideas have consequences, then bad ideas have bad consequences, and that's the premise of our discussion. (Wiker, of course, does not believe in burning bad books; he believes in reading them!) Wiker's list of destructive books includes works by Marx ...

Catholic World Report

Catholic World Report
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0700

Such is the subtle line taken in Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker's recent book, Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture 1300-1700 (Crossroad, 2013). (Full disclosure: I wrote an enthusiastic ...

The Week Magazine

The Week Magazine
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 03:05:59 -0700

Benjamin Wiker, an author and Catholic ethicist, asserts that "libertarianism is parasitic upon Christian civilization." He means that libertarians take for granted the social order of our current society but ignore the moral foundations of that social ...
 
National Catholic Register (blog)
Tue, 09 Oct 2012 06:23:43 -0700

I've been talking in recent posts about the Church's principle of subsidiarity, the principle that “a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but ...
 
National Catholic Register (blog)
Tue, 12 Mar 2013 02:07:14 -0700

In the previous blog post, we explored Pope Benedict's account of the roots of relativism — roots which ultimately blossomed into full-scale secularism in the West. Again, Benedict sees the problem in reason itself, or what has been done to reason. To ...
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