In Defense of Faith: The Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity

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Religious faith is under assault. In books, movies, and on television, secular critics are attacking religion and the religious with ever-increasing intensity. These “new atheists” typically repeat a two-part mantra: They claim that only an idiot could believe in God, and that idiots who do so have been responsible for most of the hate and violence that have plagued humanity. Abandon religion, they urge, and the world will finally know peace.

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Overview


Religious faith is under assault. In books, movies, and on television, secular critics are attacking religion and the religious with ever-increasing intensity. These “new atheists” typically repeat a two-part mantra: They claim that only an idiot could believe in God, and that idiots who do so have been responsible for most of the hate and violence that have plagued humanity. Abandon religion, they urge, and the world will finally know peace.

Surprisingly few books have emerged to defend faith from this onslaught. Yet when it comes to this second argument—the behavior of religious people in the world—abstract claims can be tested by reference to objective facts. In Defense of Faith examines the historical record and demonstrates that far from encouraging hate and aggression, the Judeo-Christian tradition has been the West’s most effective curb on these dangerous defects of human nature.

In Defense of Faith asserts that the belief in the sanctity and equality of all humans at the core of both Judaism and Christianity—what Brog calls the “Judeo-Christian idea”—has been our most effective tool in the struggle for humanity. The Judeo-Christian idea, Brog argues, has provided the intellectual foundation for human rights. Even more importantly, he maintains, the Judeo-Christian idea has repeatedly inspired the faithful to devote their lives to, and often risk their lives in, the fulfillment of these high ideals.

In Defense of Faith also convincingly demonstrates that when we abandon religion as the critics urge, peace does not break out. Instead, we quickly revert to the most base instincts of our selfish genes.

Written by a Jewish author who works closely with the Christian faith community, In Defense of Faith will appeal to secular and religious readers alike. This book will challenge the secular to reconsider the role of religion in Western civilization. It will inspire the religious to embrace a proud legacy of faith in action for the sake of humanity.

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“Remarkable in more than one way, David Brog’s volume on Judeo-Christian history, its ideas and ideals as well as its conflicts, is an important contribution to the understanding of events that transcend contemporary issues and sensitivities.”

–Elie Wiesel

“David Brog insightfully explores the rich foundations of many of our nation’s most important values and makes a compelling case for why they are worth defending.”

–Senator Joseph Lieberman

In Defense of Faith is an extremely important book. David Brog connects the historical dots in a way that makes the Judeo-Christian contribution to our civilization stand our in clear relief. Rarely have critics of our religious heritage been taken on so effectively.

–Pastor John Hagee, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church; Founder and Chairman, Christians United for Israel

"Judaism and Christianity have different theologies. But the Judeo-Christian value system is the greatest value system ever devised. As one who has argued this for decades, I can say with some certainty that David Brog has accomplished something truly major with his book. He has made the case—irrefutably, I believe—that the rejection of the Judeo-Christian idea has led and will again lead to vast human evil and suffering. This is more than an important book. This is an indispensible guide to a better world."

–Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and columnist, author, and founder of the Internet based Prager University

"Christians have something to cheer about in David Brog's courageous new book. Wide-ranging and erudite, he offers a much needed corrective to the conventional wisdom on Christianity's historic role in combating evil. This is an informative and inspiring volume that people of faith can profit from for many years to come."

–Bill Donohue, President Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

"David Brog frames a passionate and persuasive defense of our Judeo-Christian tradition in a manner that transcends culture, creed and ideology. In his first book, David encouraged us to Stand with Israel. Now, he's motivating us to run to apply our evangelical ethos for the sake of humanity at large. This is a timely message that I hope will help rally America's Hispanic faith community to step forward and lead the effort to act on our faith in the service of our fellow men."

–Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, President National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Rodriguez

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594033803
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


David Brog is the executive director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). Before joining CUFI, Brog worked in the United States Senate for seven years, rising to be chief of staff to Senator Arlen Specter and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He has also served as an executive at America Online and practiced corporate law in Tel Aviv, Israel and Philadelphia. Brog lives in Washington, D.C. and San Antonio, Texas.
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  • Posted July 5, 2010

    Convicting and Enlightening - well worth your time

    ".the danger [lies] not only in the ideas people embrace, but also in those they reject. When our civilization abandons the Judeo-Christian idea, we open the door to the return of slavery and genocide."

    If you have ever asked yourself, "What went wrong in Germany, a so-called 'Christian' country? What went wrong in America, where all men are created equal? Why do people suffer and die at the hands of their fellow man?" The answers are in David Brog's latest book.

    Time and time again history has proven that the greatest crimes against humanity (such as those committed against the American-Indians, Jews, Blacks, infants, social classes etc.) have occurred when people have rejected or abandoned the Judeo-Christian values, namely, the sanctity of life.

    In Defense of Faith delves into several historical scenarios and traces the breakdown of Christian values that eventually led to these horrific crimes. The results are unnerving - everything from creating alternative moralities (such as Hitler did), to replacing God with gold (as in the case of the Catholic, Spanish Conquistadors). Still others held to the worldview that humans are of no more worth than any other species in the animal kingdom.

    Conversely, there have been those throughout history who have held strongly to their biblical values, overcoming their own selfish genes, and looking upon their fellow man as made in the image of God. They loved their neighbors as themselves, and as a result, these men and women won many battles against segregation and injustice, and against brutality and genocide.

    As Brog makes his case, the voices of history call for us to embrace our Judeo-Christian faith - the faith that William Wilberforce had when he purposed to free an oppressed people - the faith Martin Luther King stood on when he fought hate and discrimination - a faith that brings light and hope to a sin-sick world.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Highly readable overview of the positive impact of Judeo-Christianity on Western culture

    This is a very enjoyable overview of how key Judeo-Christian beliefs, especially the commandment to love one another, have had such a significant and largely positive role in the West and are largely responsible for creating a culture that is uniquely interested in indivdual human rights and and the dignity and equality of all humans. The author recounts how devout Christians were behind most of the successful struggles for human rights through the centuries, including the fight to end slavery in Christian Europe and in the United States and continue to be the most devoted humanitarians in the modern era. Although I disagree with the author's equating the AIDS epidemic in Africa with the Holocaust or slavery, overall this was a fine read.

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  • Posted December 15, 2011

    Faith Lives in this book

    Well put, God Save our country

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Not recommended from this store!!

    I ordered this book November 15th for a Christmas present for someone and waited for its arrival a week into the following month which never came. I finally canceled my order because of the pathetically, slow delivery. Look elsewhere for better service.

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