Benjamin Wiker

Benjamin Wiker (born 1960) is a Roman Catholic ethicist. He obtained his PhD in ethics from Vanderbilt University and then came to teach at a variety of institutions including Marquette University, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Thomas Aquinas College, and the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Wiker came to attention in 2002 with the publication of Moral Darwinism: How We Became Hedonists. In this book, Wiker aims to show how Darwinism by its very nature completely undermines the ethical foundations of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam because its materialist cosmology was incompatible with any concept of natural law. Wiker became a member of the Discovery Institute, a think tank supporting this idea, soon after the publication of the book. His next major book, Architects of the Culture of Death, co-written with veteran Catholic ethicist Donald DeMarco, looks at how the most influential thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from Schopenhauer to Peter Singer have undermined the Christian value of "sanctity of life".

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1. Vanderbilt University Colleges/University

Vanderbilt University (or Vandy) is a private research university located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Founded in 1873, the university is named for shipping and rail magnate "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt, who provided Vanderbilt its initial million endowment despite having never been to the South. The Commodore hoped that his gift and the greater work of the university would help to heal the sectional wounds inflicted by the Civil War.

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Type Private university
2013. 3.6 bil. $
2011. 3.3 bil. $
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211 Kirkland Hall, 37240 - Nashville, Tennessee
2013. 6,835
2012. 6,796
2010. 6,879
2009. 6,794
2013. 5,960
2012. 5,949
2010. 5,835
Acceptance rate
2013. 12.7 %
2012. 14.2 %
2010. 16.0 %
Local tuition
2010. 39 K $
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