F.R. Duplantier reporting Behind The Headlines

Week of:
April 30, 2000
Five Books That Reassert the Truth

F.R. Duplantier

by: F.R. Duplantier

Men are not from Mars, and women are not from Venus. Both sexes are from earth, and dependent on each other and the Creator who made them!

In his latest book, Intended Consequences, published by the Oxford University Press, St. Louis University history professor Donald Critchlow asserts that "many of the advocates of family planning welcomed the sexual revolution [and] began to lobby the White House and Congress to pursue activist intervention policies." He concludes that "the widespread use of contraception by Americans was an intended consequence of much of this activity. Furthermore," Critchlow adds, "men and women such as John D. Rockefeller and Mary Calderone became actively involved in instituting sex education programs designed explicitly to change American attitudes toward sex and sexuality."

In What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us, published by Simon & Schuster, Danielle Crittenden of the Independent Women's Forum rejects the feminist notion "that women should bear no consequences for their decisions, that [they] can live independently of men and children -- that [they] should live independently of them." In the grip of this pernicious idea, she charges, "men and women have abandoned their responsibilities to their families and to each other. They have caused untold pain and unhappiness to their children as well as to themselves. But men and women should not be locked in competition," Crittenden counsels. "One sex cannot triumph over the other without hurting itself."

In his new book from Spence Publishing, ironically titled There's No Place Like Work, Brian Robertson of the New Economy Information Service laments that American culture "undervalues hearth and home. He argues that "an effort must be made to restore cultural status to the mother and homemaker, not just for the social utility of those roles but for their intrinsic value. At the same time," Robertson continues, "we must debunk the myth that work outside the home is the best opportunity our culture offers for self-fulfillment and self-expression."

Husband-and-wife professors Leon and Amy Kass conduct a college course on courtship at the University of Chicago. Their new book, Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar, published by the University of Notre Dame Press, is "a pro-marriage anthology intended to help young people of marriageable age . . . think about the meaning, purpose, and virtues of marriage and, especially, how one might go about finding and winning the right one to marry."

In the preface to his new book from Spence Publishing, The Revenge of Conscience, University of Texas philosophy professor J. Budziszewski examines the reasons for his former nihilism and describes how he eventually "became aware again of the Savior Whom I had deserted in my twenties. Astonishingly, though I had abandoned Him, He had never abandoned me." Budziszewski now explicates "those very moral principles I used to deny -- the ones we can't not know because they are imprinted on our minds, inscribed on our consciences, written on our hearts." He specializes in "understanding the ways that we pretend we don't know what we really do -- the ways we suppress our knowledge, the ways we hold it down, the ways we deceive ourselves and others."