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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, Rod Dreher
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)

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The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

By: Carl R. Trueman
Narrated by: Carl R. Trueman,Rod Dreher
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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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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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Must read

So insightful and mind opening in a good way!
Explains what’s going on in our messed up society perfectly!

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Amazing piece of work

An absolutely astonishing "geneaology" of the cultural rift in contemporary society. Carl does a very impressive job in tracing and unpacking the ideas that has led us to where we are now. I thoroughly recommend this book.

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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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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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