Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind

Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind

by John Zmirak

They’re leaving home - will they leave the faith?

Every year, thousands of young Catholics leave their homes for higher education at our nation’s colleges and universities. Very few realize, however, that from orientation day onward, they will be indoctrinated with a vision of reality that is very different from the values their families hold dear. Sadly, many of our young people will fall prey to one or more of the dominant ideologies engrained in their college education, ideologies that can lead them away from the Church and, ultimately, their faith in God. Students who are not taught how to think critically or who lack the tools needed to sift through the logic of these positions are easily swayed by the smooth sophistry of the intellectual elite.

For this reason, twelve of the top Catholic writers in America - professors, priests, journalists, philosophers, and theologians - have come together to dissect the trendy ideas that can lead young Catholics away from the Church. Disorientation is intellectual ammunition for every college student and parent, as it breaks down the history, analyzes the appeal, and debunks the empty promises of such wildly popular errors as:

  • Hedonism
  • Relativism
  • Progressivism
  • Modernism
  • Scientism
  • Fundamentalism
  • Radical Feminism
  • Multiculturalism
  • …and more.

Edited by John Zmirak (author, The Bad Catholic’s Guide to Good Living and editor of Choosing the Right College), this book is guaranteed to get college students thinking hard about what their professors are telling them - and what they should really believe.

Contributors: Fr. George Rutler (Cynicism), Donna Steichen (Feminism), Jimmy Akin (Fundamentalism), Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (Modernism), Peter Kreeft (Progressivism), Robert Spencer (Multiculturalism), Mark Shea (Americanism), Eric Metaxas (Relativism), John Keck (Scientism), Elizabeth Scalia (Sentimentalism), Eric Brende (Consumerism, John Zmirak (Hedonism), Fr. Dwight Longenecker (Utilitarianism)


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Fight the good fight!
Submitted on 06-25-2012

Disorientation is a basic look at 13 of the most important ideologies that will assault our children when they walk onto a college campus ( not to be forgotten is the 13 years of softening up the public schools have done). To not arm our children with a clear perspective of these ideologies is to lose them to the rushing currents of modernity. Certainly if one is unaware of these ideologies one will be swallowed up by their apparent persuasiveness. Allow these fine authors to unmask these treacheries for what they are.

WARNING: You will begin to think Correctly!
Submitted on 06-25-2012

You owe yourself to know the Truth! This book is an amazing, easy to use tool to teach yourself and your high school and college students about the 13 main philosophical errors of the 20th and 21st Century. Inform yourself with what true free minds of the 21st Century think of our present philosophical state of affairs.

A manual for protecting the brain against intellectual plagues
Submitted on 06-25-2012

I could have used this book a couple of decades ago, even though I’m not Catholic. The articles in it cover a lot of ground and provide an introduction to the various “heresies” being preached to our youth on college campuses. Furthermore, it is well-written, intelligent, and reasonable; by this I mean that the reader won’t find young-earth creationist views or nasty irrational and fanatical fringe ideas always pointed to by the enemies of the church, often unfairly. That’s what makes it, in my view, a very strong handbook against anti-Christian modern ideas.

Highly recommended for grads AND everyone else
Submitted on 06-25-2012

I loved it. It was a dose of philosophy for the distracted and is the kind of book I won’t have any problem lending, rereading, and talking about. It summarizes exactly what was “wrong” with my college education, and I plan to gift this to every graduate in the future. Even though it’s Catholic, I’d recommend it for anyone-the truths it points to are universal. Highly recommended.

Excellent! Very helpful!
Submitted on 02-01-2011

I just started college this past fall, and this book has been crucial to me. It has kept me on my toes, so now I can spot the baloney from a mile away. It has also taught me how to refute the “isms” listed in this book. A must-read for all young people going off to college and already in college.

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