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Disorientation - How to Go to College without Losing Your Mind

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Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind by John Zmirak

They’re leaving home…will they leave the faith?

Every year, thousands of young Catholics leave their homes for higher education at our nation’s colleges and universities. Very few realize, however, that from orientation day onward, they will be indoctrinated with a vision of reality that is very different from the values their families hold dear. Sadly, many of our young people will fall prey to one or more of the dominant ideologies engrained in their college education, ideologies that can lead them away from the Church and, ultimately, their faith in God. Students who are not taught how to think critically or who lack the tools needed to sift through the logic of these positions are easily swayed by the smooth sophistry of the intellectual elite.

For this reason, twelve of the top Catholic writers in America—professors, priests, journalists, philosophers, and theologians—have come together to dissect the trendy ideas that can lead young Catholics away from the Church. Disorientation is intellectual ammunition for every college student and parent, as it breaks down the history, analyzes the appeal, and debunks the empty promises of such wildly popular errors as:

• Hedonism
• Relativism
• Progressivism
• Modernism
• Scientism
• Fundamentalism
• Radical Feminism
• Multiculturalism
...and more.

Edited by John Zmirak (author, The Bad Catholic’s Guide to Good Living and editor of Choosing the Right College), this book is guaranteed to get college students thinking hard about what their professors are telling them—and what they should really believe.

Fr. George Rutler (Cynicism)
Donna Steichen (Feminism)
Jimmy Akin (Fundamentalism)
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (Modernism)
Peter Kreeft (Progressivism)
Robert Spencer (Multiculturalism)
Mark Shea (Americanism)
Eric Metaxas (Relativism)
John Keck (Scientism)
Elizabeth Scalia (Sentimentalism)
Eric Brende (Consumerism)
John Zmirak (Hedonism)
Fr. Dwight Longenecker (Utilitarianism)


"Disorientation is a basic look at 13 of the most important ideologies that will assault our children when they walk onto a college campus ( not to be forgotten is the 13 years of softening up the public schools have done). To not arm our children with a clear perspective of these ideologies is to lose them to the rushing currents of modernity. Certainly if one is unaware of these ideologies one will be swallowed up by their apparent persuasiveness. Allow these fine authors to unmask these treacheries for what they are." - Anonymous

"You owe yourself to know the Truth! This book is an amazing, easy to use tool to teach yourself and your high school and college students about the 13 main philosophical errors of the 20th and 21st Century. Inform yourself with what true free minds of the 21st Century think of our present philosophical state of affairs." - Anonymous

"I could have used this book a couple of decades ago, even though I’m not Catholic. The articles in it cover a lot of ground and provide an introduction to the various “heresies” being preached to our youth on college campuses. Furthermore, it is well-written, intelligent, and reasonable; by this I mean that the reader won’t find young-earth creationist views or nasty irrational and fanatical fringe ideas always pointed to by the enemies of the church, often unfairly. That’s what makes it, in my view, a very strong handbook against anti-Christian modern ideas." - I.Aboud

"I loved it. It was a dose of philosophy for the distracted and is the kind of book I won’t have any problem lending, rereading, and talking about. It summarizes exactly what was “wrong” with my college education, and I plan to gift this to every graduate in the future. Even though it’s Catholic, I’d recommend it for anyone-the truths it points to are universal. Highly recommended." - Sarah Reinhard

"I just started college this past fall, and this book has been crucial to me. It has kept me on my toes, so now I can spot the baloney from a mile away. It has also taught me how to refute the “isms” listed in this book. A must-read for all young people going off to college and already in college." - Jack Van Kirk


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This item received 5 stars overall. A great resource that's also a great education!

I like to think that I like philosophy, but maybe I just like the idea of philosophy. When my husband took a philosophy class a few years ago, while he was working on his degree, I insisted we keep the textbook. It’s still sitting on the shelf, unread by me. I still might get to it, though…someday…

I was intrigued, then, to read Disorientation. It’s Full Review...

This item received 3 stars overall. Blog Fans and Debate Society types are going to love this one.

The first universities were schools of theology.  Eight hundred years later, they still are -- it is only the the theology that  has changed. At my State U (circa 1990), our catechism was the New York Times. In English 102, I learned how the Bible was one of many ancient works of literature testifying to the truths of modern liberal morality. In philosophy I learned that free will does not exist – our every action is predetermined at the molecular level. In geology I learned that population control was the solution to all the earth's problems. (How I was supposed to do anything about it, what with my molecules telling me to have so many children, no one ever explained. But no doubt the Invisible Hand would guide me, per Saint A. Smith.)

It was a hodge-podge of errors, spread all over the ideological map.   No wonder, what with the fundamental moral dictate being Nobody Really Knows, But We're Sure It Isn't All That Old Fashioned Stuf Full Review...

This item received 4 stars overall. Snarky, fun responses to today's most prevalent false philosophies

One hundred years after G.K. Chesterton penned his famous Heretics, editor John Zmirak has produced a modern version of Chesterton's classic work. Zmirak's book, titled Disorientation: How to go to College Without Losing Your Mind (Ascension Press, 188 pages, paperback), bring together fourteen contributors, each picking apart a common ideology found on college campuses. The book was written to give intellectual ammunition to young Catholics as they head off for higher education.

Throughout the book, top writers break down the history, analyze the appeal, and debunk the empty promises of wildly popular philosophies including:
  • Sentimentalism (Elizabeth Scalia)
  • Relativism (Eric Metaxas)
  • Hedonism (John Zmirak)
  • Progressi Full Review...

    This item received 3 stars overall. Challenging, but a good view.

    I didn't realize how in depth Disorientation: How to go to College Without Losing Your Mind would be at first glance. It was aesthetically appealing to me, looked easy enough to read, and was aimed at high school graduates. I'm 15 years old and I really think a lot of these types of books tend to water down Catholicism to the 6th grade religious education level. Not the case with Disorientation! It was informative, challenging, and very intellectual.

    Disorientation is a modernized look at G.K. Chesterton's view of the world. It is the culmination of 14 fantastic authors who really know what they're talking about. Unfortunately, sometimes in the book only they know what they’re talking about. The book is engaging and orthodox, but Full Review...

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