Monthly Archives: March 2015

Symposium: Worshiping the State

Spring Symposium:

Worshiping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion. Book by Benjamin Wiker

Presented by Mast. Bret Sunnerville

April 18
Time: 10:00 12:00 p.m. morning session;Lunch;

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. afternoon session.


Bret Sunnerville has offered to be our Spring Symposium speaker to talk to us about Wiker’s book.  What is liberalism? What are its origins and primary characteristics? What did political philosophy in the West look like before the advent of liberalism? And what does liberalism demand from its adherents (and its opponents)? We will look for some of the answers to these questions, and others, through a detailed reading and discussion of Benjamin Wiker’s book Worshipping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion. In the process we will consider what Sacred Scripture can tell us about man’s relationship to the state, the effect of early Christianity on the political powers and thought of its time, and the relationship between the Church and the state in medieval Christendom. Also under discussion will be the philosophical and political influences of famous (or infamous) thinkers such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Spinoza, Rousseau and Locke. Liberalism, Wiker says, exacts a cosmological cost from the individual and the body politic.  Join this symposium that will take us into the disciplines of theology, history, philosophy, and political science.
Contact The Cardinal Newman Liberal Arts Project for more information. Phone: (269) 343-2010; e-mail:
We look forward to seeing you there!

To Register:

We would really love you to come, and we would like to know how many people to expect.  Write an email to us at with your name, email subject titled “Registering for April 18” and whether you are taking the class in-person or over the internet.  If over the internet, you will need to also provide us with a google account name so we can meet you online.  Please sign to google on April 18th via computer, tablet or smartphone and we will use Google Hangouts to meet with you online.