I’m wondering if anyone has read or is reading Michael Burleigh’s new book on the French Revolution and the modern political religions, entitled _Earthly Powers_. I’ve started reading it and it so far is pretty good, detailing the atrocities committed in the name of “reason” by the revolutionists. Burleigh builds upon the theories of Erik Voegelin who suspected that modern day political religions were revivals of Gnostic heresies. I find the parallels between revolutionary terror and modern day leftism particularly eery when one considers the leftist/secularist attempt to root out Christianity from the core of our most cherished notions. In any event, I thought I’d bring up this book as something people might be interested in because it seems to be in the spirit of this site. Thanks.