www.townhall.com/columnists/marvinolasky/printmo20040923.shtml As Smith puts it, "Intellectual are not anymore 'above' the persuit of status, power and wealth than others. "Bribes--often thinly- disguised as university chairs and foundation grants--are as effective among intellectuals as others. a relatively small group of people who control the mechanisms of laud and lucre cna have a tremendous influence on ambitious academics. "The Secular Revolution" shows how key influencers pushed universities to teach that the perfection of social mechanisms will deliver us from evil, including the evil of that PRIMITIVE HUMAN INVENTION KNOWN AS RELIGION. the book also includes a fascinating case study of the destruction of moral reform politics in Boston through ridicule and sarcasm. A chapter on those who sold the concept that law is socially constructed (rather than natural) provides good background for understanding how the Supreme Court came to assert it's supremacy to clear Constitutional intent. Similarly, a chapter on journalism shows how "key persons within journalism (especially publishers and editors, and also journalism professionalizers form the ranks of the unversities and the active press) actively sought to minimize and ultimately to undermine traditional religion." His bottomline: "The secularization of the institutions of American public life did not happen by accident or happenstance. ..(It was) an acievement of specific groups of people, many of whom intended to marginalize religion. The people at the core of these secularizing movements, at least, knew what they were doing, and they wanted to do it."