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  • The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

  • Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution
  • By: Carl R. Trueman
  • Narrated by: Carl R. Trueman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Summary

Modern culture is obsessed with identity.

Since the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in 2015, sexual identity has dominated both public discourse and cultural trends — yet no historical phenomenon is its own cause. From Augustine to Marx, various views and perspectives have contributed to the modern understanding of the self.

In this timely audiobook, Carl Trueman analyzes the development of the sexual revolution as a symptom — rather than the cause — of the human search for identity. Trueman surveys the past, brings clarity to the present, and gives guidance for the future as Christians navigate the culture in humanity’s ever-changing quest for identity.

©2020 Carl R. Trueman (P)2020 Crossway
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Extraordinarily clear while complex (in a gd way)

This is a must read/listen for anyone who wants to better understand the deep rooted philosophies of our age and the reasons behind fraught identity politics and the deep seated self-defining movements that have led to the transgender debates.

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Mind Blown

The book charts the rise of the modern self and expressive individualism. I've been there, and done that, right through to a gender studies course at university and LGBTQ activism (I was involved in the days before the IA and +). This book resonates deeply as being true regarding the sentiment and motivation (both good and bad) such things represent.

I've moved on from that. Aside from interesting discussion about the role Christianity and the church can play, this book has given me a good framework and model from which to critique this ideology and will, I hope, enable me to take more effective action and form a more robust defensive outlook.

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Highly valuable

I’m grateful for this book. Trueman draws the thought lines that led us to where we have arrived in our day and age.

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A thoroughly engaging book from start to finish

This amazing book was engaging, educational and enlightening. Well framed and thought through argumentation

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Brave, lucid and needed.

Coherent. Worth another listen, at least. Ordered the book to study in detail. Recommended. If only to understand the origins of current identity politics, and the principles that religion must embrace in what has become a corrosive, identity driven context.

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  • Jfree
  • 18-12-21

Best book I read in 2021 by far

I’ve read rather broadly in 2021 on critical theory, social philosophy and neo postmodernism. Two books stood out from the pack…. Critical theories by Pluckrose and this one. The former provided tremendous detail without necessarily giving a tenable path forward. This one was far better at the application portion even with its own statement of trying not to swing to broadly. I think this work will be a critical standard for many and lead to great scholarship to avoid the coming shipwreck of western culture.

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  • Ryan M
  • 11-12-21

Insightful, accessible analysis

This work’s content carries relevant and wide-reaching explanatory power. I would commend it to Christians who want to not only understand the presuppositions of their neighbors but even the Christians’ own impulses and values.

I routinely encounter the ideas discussed here, not only in various public media but in my interaction with my peers. I expect this exposition of ideological genealogy will better prepare me to engage my friends in meaningful discussion of ethics and the premises that shape our own sensibilities about them. Already the book is informing how I approach such conversations.

Dr. Trueman’s tone is generally one of a descriptive history, rather than an evaluative critique. Now, he by no means underemphasizes the sweeping emotional significance of his subject matter, but it would be hard to maintain that his relatively dispassionate presentation is polarizing or that it obscures his reasoning.

The work is moderately accessible. Its style is more erudite and academic than I am accustomed to reading since my school days. To follow along you may occasionally wish you had a dictionary at hand. But by no means do you need a specialized degree. Some of Dr. Trueman’s sources would indeed be incomprehensible to most, but Dr. Trueman’s goal is to express those ideas in a manner accessible to the common woman or man, and I believe his efforts have succeeded. In my case, I had a strong high school education and a STEM degree at a liberal arts college; the degree to which this book challenged my vocabulary was perfect. Not only am I happy for the intellectual exercise, I recognize that such a philosophical work would lose depth and precision were it to fully restrict itself to my shallow everyday English.

The vocal performance is clear and professional, engaging and easy to listen to. Dr. Trueman’s speaking voice is more than adequate for narrating his own book.

I would have liked to have taken a class from Dr. Trueman. Like this book, the education would be well worth the investment.

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  • D. Ted Heaberlin, Jr.
  • 21-09-22

Masterpiece

Insightful and illuminating regarding our current situation and how we got here, as well as what we can do.

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  • Russell Graef
  • 19-09-22

Narrator is substandard

The narrator’s voice quality made it a difficult listen, especially when driving.
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  • Nasekos
  • 15-09-22

Write this book again but in common language

I seems as though this author is more interested in using words only a thesaurus could understand than In educating and informing the average reader. I have no freaking clue what the author is talking about. I mean if he only wants the most brilliant 14 people of English comprehension to understand his book he should have just invited those people over for dinner and given them a copy for bragging rights.

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  • Just The Facts
  • 15-09-22

Great Book ... a professional narrator is needed

Fantastic book. But Trueman should let someone else narrate his books. He doesn't enunciate very well and his tempo fluctuates. You are only able to listen to him on about 1.5x - 1.7x speed. People who normally listen at 2.5x - 3.0x with professional narrators will be frustrated with Trueman's inferior narration.

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  • Keith Webb
  • 15-09-22

Fantastic historical survey to understand our culture.

Dr. Trueman is clear, concise, and cogent with an historical overview of the largest influencers that have produced our current culture, our social imaginary. For anyone who would like a deeper, academic understanding of expressive individualism and the academic thoughts that have yielded the sexual revolution, the psychological man, and the triumph of therapeutics and have brought us to the point that the statement, “I am a man trapped in a woman’s body,” strikes us as not not only possible but probable or assumed.

Dr. Trueman does a yeoman’s work to bring this concepts together with fair treatment of the arguments to explain the progression of thought, at a high level in academics but also in the common understanding. He writes with clarity and insight. This is a must read for anyone seeking to understand our times.

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  • NYNYC
  • 14-09-22

Insightful

Highly recommend this book, gives insight as to how we arrived with the present zeitgeist. Carl Truman offers a lot of information which you can research further.

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  • LuckySl7vin
  • 10-09-22

An essential work to explain the modern West

Perhaps one of the most important works written in the last 50 years. Trueman brings the modern western philosophical dumpster fire together for the reader from art, to political philosophy, to literature, and history. This book is fundamental to understanding the shared relationships between the movements subverting Western Civ.

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  • Michael Crigler
  • 10-09-22

Everyone needs to listen/read this book

Trueman, does a great job explaining how history has lead us to this point in a very balanced way.