Thursday, May 25, 2023

#BookReview of Hollow Gods: Why LIberalism Became a Destructive Religion

Hollow Gods: Why Liberalism Became a Destructive Religion

By: Davidson Loehr
Publisher: Atmosphere Press
Publication Date: June 13, 2023
ISBN: 978-1639888221
Reviewed by: Kathy Stickles
Review Date: May 23, 2023
Hollow Gods: Why Liberalism Became a Destructive Religion is the newest book by Davidson Loehr who has been, in his own words “a liberal all my life.” This book is an in-depth look at what the author believes is the harm that liberalism has done in five areas of life: education, media, politics, race, and religion.
In Hollow Gods, Mr. Loehr looks into what he thinks liberals have been trying to do in terms of replacing religion and God with a type of socialism where they are the ones in charge. In each of the areas listed above, the author puts forth a case to show that liberalism is failing in what they are trying to do because there is no tolerable or satisfactory way to replace religion.
I do like the way Mr. Loehr has set up the book in terms of separating each of the chapters into sections. The first section of each chapter is “Visions,” and it lays out how liberals think and why they are positive that they are correct and others are wrong. The second section is “What’s Wrong,” and in this section the author offers the reader his assessment of why he believes that the ideas other liberals put forth in the first section are completely wrong. Finally, the third and final section of each chapter is one of “Excerpts,” where Mr. Loehr goes into detail regarding the research that he has done from different sources to make his points. This final section was very interesting as it shows the author's exploration into what others think about the topics as well. By reading this section, people will be able to come up with their own ideas, perhaps even do some of their own research, and decide whether they too agree with the author or whether they have an entirely different opinion on what is put forth in the book.
For many reading this review, Hollow Gods may seem to be a book that is largely about politics. While there are certainly a lot of points made regarding politics, as well as the other areas being discussed, the book is first and foremost about religion and how it seems to be used, at some times, as an excuse to explain what people are trying to do to change society into what they believe it should be. That, in itself, is enough to make the reader stop and think.
Hollow Gods is a well-written and interesting read. There is some repetition throughout the book, but it does not take away from the points the author is trying to make. While it might not be to everyone’s tastes, I would say it is well worth giving it a try as some of the points the author makes are very interesting. The book will definitely give the reader cause to do some deep thinking about how they look at these areas of life and how others may view them.
Quill says: Hollow Gods: Why Liberalism Became a Destructive Religion is a compelling look at the beliefs that Mr. Loehr has and will give readers a reason to do some soul-searching as they look into their own thoughts on the topics that are being discussed.

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