Magazine June 7, 2010, Issue

The Light of Reason

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The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power, by Melanie Phillips (Encounter, 486 pp., $23.95)

Melanie Phillips, whose column in the Daily Mail has made her the bête noire of the British Left, has written a feisty polemic against a new world disorder of irrationality in which “reality [seems] to have been recast, with fantasies recalibrated as facts while demonstrable truths [are] dismissed as a matter of opinion at best, or as evidence of some sinister ‘right-wing’ plot.” Her targets are well chosen and their mendacities duly fileted: apocalyptic greens, cooking the empirical books; fact-challenged critics of the second Iraq War; Israel-haters and their journalistic, academic, and ecclesiastical accomplices; scientists posing as metaphysicians; apologists for

George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. His 27th book, The Next Pope: The Office of Peter and a Church in Mission, has just been published by Ignatius Press.

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