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Publisher Info Are we as humans valuable, or are we simply a cosmic accident with no real meaning or purpose? Since the Enlightenment this debate has raged in Western culture, as many secular philosophies have emerged, proclaiming to us that humans are chance products of an impersonal universe. Humans, in this mistaken view, are no more than machines or animals. These secular philosophiesincluding materialism, positivism, utilitarianism, socialism, existentialism, Freudian psychology, behaviorist psychology, and postmodernism, among othershave profoundly influenced our understanding of humanity, spawning intense debates over suicide, abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. Some of these secular ideologies have contributed to mass murder, not only in the spectacular cases of Hitler, Stalin, or Mao, but also in the Columbine school shootings and in the case of the serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer. The title of Weikart's book, The Death of Humanity, refers to the demise of the concept (at least in some segments of our society) that humans are valuable. At the same time, it also reminds us that today real people are dyingpurposely being killedbecause of our lack of respect for the sanctity of human life. '