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Robert Wilken

No Other Gods by Robert L. Wilken, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.  Wilken's argues, "Practical atheism, that is to say, secularism, has undermined beliefs, attitudes, and conventions that have nurtured our civilization for centuries....Nothing is left untouched, whether it be our most cherished institutions, or the roles that have defined one's place In family, neighborhood, and city, or assumptions about duty, love, virtue, honor, and modesty....The ferocity of the current assault on the legacy of Christian culture, however, has brought a new clarity of vision.  The alternatives are set before us with unusual starkness: either there will be a genuine renewal of Christian culture--there is no serious alternative --or we will be enveloped by the darkness of paganism in which the worship of the true God is abandoned and forgotten. The sources of the cultural crisis, it turns out, are theological."   Jan/Feb 1996 Theology Matters   p. 1