In a new book called Faith of the Fatherless, [Paul] Vitz examines the psychology of atheism and concludes that the unwillingness of such noted figures as Voltaire, Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, and Bertrand Russell to believe in a personal, loving God can be traced to defective relationships with their own fathers. — F.R. Duplantier, Behind The Headlines, 1999
From 1995 to 2001, I wrote a nationally syndicated daily radio and newspaper commentary called “Behind The Headlines,” applying the principles of free enterprise, limited government, and traditional morality to the issues of the day. It was the best job I ever had. My boss was Phyllis Schlafly, the best boss I ever had.
I frequently devoted commentaries to the latest, most provocative books coming out of the new conservative publishing houses (and imprints) that were popping up all over back then. One such book was Paul Vitz’s Faith of the Fatherless, to which I devoted two commentaries: the one excerpted above, and a second. I subsequently had the opportunity to interview Vitz when I sat in for Phyllis on her Saturday morning radio show, “Phyllis Schlafly Live.”
J. Budziszewski admits that his nihilism was motivated in part by his desire to “get back” at God “for the various things which predictably went wrong in my life after I had lost hold of Him.” He confesses, as well, that he “had come to confuse science with a certain world view . . . that nothing is real but matter.” Budziszewski emphasizes, however, that “the main reason” for his nihilism was “sheer, mulish pride. I didn’t want God to be God; I wanted J. Budziszewski to be God.” — F.R. Duplantier, “Behind The Headlines,” 2000
The Revenge of Conscience by J. Budziszewski was another of the books I featured in a “Behind The Headlines” commentary, Budziszewski another of the authors I got to interview as a guest host on Phyllis Schlafly’s Saturday morning radio program. Like Paul Vitz, author of Faith of the Fatherless, Budziszewski went through an extended period of doubt and disbelief before regaining the faith of his childhood. Like Chesterton, Budziszewski has a gift for turning phrases, and his book is full of great lines. My favorite is this one: “Not many of us doubt God’s existence and then start sinning. Most of us sin and then start doubting. . . .”
Secular humanists are committed to the use of reason and science to understand the world. We also believe it’s necessary to develop a new morality appropriate to the present needs. I believe in the use of reason to build a good life on this planet without the illusion of salvation or immortality. — Paul Kurtz, Prometheus Press
In 1987 I published a lengthy article entitled “Free to Serve,” about Paul Kurtz and his Prometheus Press, and in 1998 recycled a small portion of it as a “Behind The Headlines” commentary. I never had the opportunity to interview Kurtz, nor wanted it. What sort of man persists in espousing a philosophy that led to the murder of 200 million people by socialist governments in the 20th Century? What wisdom can such a person possibly offer? What’s to be gained from a conversation with the devil?