The New Holy Wars Wins Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize

The Independent Institute’s pathbreaking, new book on modern, secular religions, The New Holy Wars: Economic Religion vs. Environmental Religion in Contemporary America, by Senior Fellow Robert H. Nelson, has just won the 2010 Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize for Best Book.

Published by Pennsylvania State University Press, The New Holy Wars is a project of the Institute’s Center on Culture and Civil Society. The book earlier was named Montaigne Medal Finalist and “Significant University Press Title for Undergraduates” by Choice magazine (American Library Association).

Here also is the original news release on the book and please see the following recent articles by Dr. Nelson based on the book:

“Environmentalism Is the New Secular Religion” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other newspapers)

“A Missed Opportunity on Energy” (Baltimore Sun)

“Have A Little Faith” (

“Ecological Science as a Creation Story” (The Independent Review)

David J. Theroux (1949–2022) was Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Institute.
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