Dennis Prager Decries ‘False Gods of Secularism’


Americans often hear about “religious extremism” but rarely about “extreme secularism,” commentator and radio host Dennis Prager said Monday night at an event launching his latest book.

Speaking about the book’s themes, Prager said, “The Rational Bible: Deuteronomy,” in an interview format while sitting on a stage at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC

The book, officially available October 11 and part of Prager’s “Rational Bible” comment seriesserves as a defense of the fifth book of the Torah as remaining deeply relevant to modern society.

The combination of secularism and prosperity leads to boredom, Prager told his audience. This, he argued, failed leftism.

Those who are poor and secular find meaning in the bare necessities of life—food, water, shelter, Prager argued. Those who have religion—whether poor or rich—find a more lasting meaning.

Rich secularists are the ones pushing the environmental movement, he said, and the rich say the world is doomed because it gives them meaning.

According to Prager, society sees in modern culture what 19th-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche captured in his infamous statement, “God is dead.”

Secularism is without religionsaid Prager, who is Jewish and often writes about modern society as seen through the Judeo-Christian tradition.

People worship more false gods today than they did in the time of Moses, he argued.

Prager, whose syndicated column appeared in The Daily Signal, noted that the secular god of “science” is one such example, remarking, “What the hell does science tell you, if you believe in it?”

If your god doesn’t reveal a moral code, he said, that god is worthless.

Prager also commented on the psychological benefits of religion.

Most of the people who feared COVID-19 are secular, Prager argued, adding that many houses of worship have succumbed to secularism during the pandemic.

“If you don’t fear God, you will fear everything else,” he said. “We are educated swindlers in secular society.”

The advantage of religion, he said, is that “I fear God and only God.”

Moreover, Prager argued, fear of God gives believers a moral advantage over secularists.

In the Old Testament, the Hebrew midwives fear God more than they fear Egypt’s pharaoh. English translators of the Bible, he said, translated a word meaning “fear” as “reverent,” giving the original meaning less weight.

Besides God, parents are the only beings we are commanded to fear in the Torah and the Bible, Prager said. Honoring one’s father and mother, he explained, is a vehicle to divine authority.

The breaking down of respect for parents is another aspect of secularism which pervades our culture, he said.

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