You are cordially invited to a book lecture with
Amb. Alberto Martinez Piedra
Professor Emeritus, The Institute of World Politics
for his book
No God, No Civilization: The New Atheism and the Fantasy of Perpetual Progress
Tuesday, February 12th
4:00 - 5:00 PM
The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
About the Book: For centuries an aggressive secularism has fought to occupy the place once held by religion in Western society. Its intellectual leaders are ambitious. Their goal is to remove God from public discourse and then from memory. While they claimed that godlessness would bring about an era of peace, it brought history’s bloodiest century instead. Civic institutions founded on Judeo-Christian principles began to crumble apart from them. Firm and commonly held ideas — about rights, duties, and dignity — have vanished when their divine origin was denied.
Alberto Martinez Piedra, a respected scholar and former U.S. ambassador, tells the intellectual story of our time in a sweeping overview that places the New Atheism in its proper context and valiantly upholds the greatness and incomparable richness of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
Sir Winston Churchill said in 1948: “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” No God, No Civilization:The New Atheism and the Fantasy of Perpetual Progress aims to help opinion leaders and policymakers of today avoid the tragic mistakes of the past.
About the Author: Amb. Alberto Martinez Piedra, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus at the Institute of World Politics. In 1959, Amb. Piedra was the Director General of Exports and Imports of the Cuban Ministry of Commerce. He was the Technical Assistant of the Department of Economic Development of the Cuban National Council. Amb. Piedra was the Director of the Latin American Institute and Chairman for the Department of Economics and Business at The Catholic University of America. He was the U.S. Representative to the Economic and Economic and Social Council of the Organization of American States. He served as the United States Ambassador to Guatemala from 1984-1987. From 1987-1988, he was the Senior Area Advisor for Latin America during the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Amb. Piedra has authored two books, Natural Law: The Foundation of an Orderly Economic System and No God, No Civilization:The New Atheism and the Fantasy of Perpetual Progress.
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