A Pacified Globe

If Ted Williams bats third in the Red Sox lineup on opening day at Boston’s Fenway Park in A.D. 2115, then Peter Augustine Lawler’s worst nightmare will have been realized.

Lawler, a professor of government at Berry College in Georgia, has written Aliens in America as a jeremiad against the brave new biotech revolution that began with Prozac and cloned sheep at the end of the last century and may culminate in baseball idols and Walt Disney thawing out from their cryonic cocoons sometime in the third millennium.  Humanity, or what remains of it in suburbia, can avoid this ghastly fate only if America’s religious, ethical, and constitutional underpinnings are able to reverse what the author describes as the “libertarian and therapeutic drifts in American life.”

The villains of the book are Carl Sagan, Richard Rorty, and Francis Fukuyama.  The title is derived from Walker Percy’s Christian perspective, enunciated by Scripture and elucidated by Saint Augustine, that we are truly pilgrims or aliens on this planet, as our true home lies elsewhere.  Percy questioned why Sagan was preoccupied with scanning the heavens for aliens when “beings stranger than any extraterrestrials we could imagine are right here on earth.”  Like public broadcasting’s apostle of atheistic scientism, who somehow contrived to write a history of science without acknowledging...

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