Beheading Hydra

A Radical Plan for Christians in an Atheistic Age


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Never before has humanity existed in a culture that rejects belief in a transcendent power. Previous cultures — even when rent by bitter disagreements — shared a common belief that a greater force stood above the material realm. But when one side acknowledges an ultimate source of truth while the other side denies it, debate is dead, and mutual understanding is impossible.

So claims Fr. Dwight Longenecker in his most captivating book yet, Beheading Hydra. Longenecker shows how, like the mythical serpentine beast with myriad writhing and venomous heads, atheism manifests itself today through sixteen “isms” that cloak the actions of the antichrist, who seethes with pure hatred of God and His truth.

Because any good battle plan calls for a thorough knowledge of the enemy, Fr. Longenecker boldly exposes the philosophies behind scientism, materialism, utilitarianism, sentimental humanitarianism, and more, explaining how they became the core assumptions of our culture and how they are, in turn, corrupting the politics and power structures of the world. 

Beheading Hydra brilliantly catalogs the alluring and seductive deceptions of each ism to help you see how they are corroding the very foundations of Western civilization and entrapping countless faithful Christians. 

Best of all, the book lays out a plan of action to behead the Hydra that calls for neither direct conflict nor even dialogue, but creative subversion. You’ll discover what this means along with the powerful and practical actions you and your friends can take now. You’ll also learn how to acquire the grace needed to see clearly the problem — and the solutions. 

It is ordinary men and women who become extraordinary heroes in this battle against Satan, explains Fr. Longenecker. Only by the light of our lives will we defeat this darkness. Debate and dialogue are now pointless. Our lives are our only remaining argument.

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"Fr. Longenecker provides strong, practical suggestions for fighting and winning the perennial battle with evil."

Robert Royal
President, Faith and Reason Institute
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"By combining the incisive analytical power of worldview apologetics with a rich imaginative vision that moves smoothly between high culture and pop culture, Fr. Dwight accurately identifies the lies that have led our modern world astray and offers real solutions for getting us back on track."

Louis Markos
Professor and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University
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"Practically grounded in repentance and metaphysically grounded in an understanding of ourselves as given identity by, and answerable to, God, the proposals of this accessible yet profound book will fortify pastors and lay Christians alike as they seek to be salt and light in this world."

Carl R. Trueman
Grove City College
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"Father Dwight Longenecker never ceases to astonish me. He sees the culture of death with lucidity, shining the light of Christ on its darkness. In a world lulled to sleep by the wicked witch of the decadent west, Father Longenecker wakens us with the of the fire of faith, vivid writing and a fertile imagination."

Joseph Pearce
Biographer and Editor of the St. Austin Review
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"Can modern materialism be refuted?  'Tithe your income' Fr. Longenecker tells us, and exclaim while you do, 'I refute it thus!'  Can utilitarianism be refuted?  'Spend a summer as a missionary', he proposes, saying to yourself, 'I refute it thus!'  And so with the other fourteen beguiling 'isms', that make up the monstrous many headed hydra--our culture--which deceives and haunts us all."

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  • Pages: 240
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-64413-490-0
  • Product Code: 4900
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Publication Date: August 24, 2021
  • Categories: By title, New Releases
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Father Longenecker does an excellent job in describing the corrosive ideologies impacting our culture and outlining the ways to battle them.
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The last thing the fish sees is the water.
This book is an absolute "must read". Fr. Longenecker has captured the subtle nuance behind our current Atheistic environment, and in doing so, provides a method for subduing its grasp on us. By exposing the global "white noise" of today's culture, this encouraging piece of writing is the Catholic's reminder that we are in a daily battle against the false pretenses of Atheism. This battle exsists on a manifold; he mentions the old saying, "the last thing the fish sees is the water." Spoiler alert, my fellow Catholics: we are the fish! The isms that Fr. Longenecker shatters to pieces in this book are the water. His words are strong and filled with the truth of our Catholic Church. I particularly enjoyed the lyrical thrashing he gives to relativism. Throughout the book, the intersession of St. Benedict's inspiration for the call to action is palpable and at the end, you will have a strengthened resolve to do the work that Our Lord is asking us to do. Right where you are with what you have, the Lord will provide! Laz from Greenville, SC
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