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The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution HB

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution HB

By: Carl R. Trueman

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Publisher Crossway
Year 2020
ISBN 9781433556333

“Carl Trueman explains modernity to the church, with depth, clarity, and force. The significance of The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self . . . is hard to overstate.”
Rod Dreher, from the Foreword

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 book, 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.


Carl R. Trueman

Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College. He is an esteemed church historian and previously served as the William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University. Trueman has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including The Creedal ImperativeLuther on the Christian Life; and Histories and Fallacies. Trueman is a member of The Orthodox Presbyterian Church.


Table of Contents

Foreword by Rod Dreher

Part 1: Architecture of the Revolution
Chapter 1: Reimagining the Self
Chapter 2: Reimagining Our Culture

Part 2: Foundations of the Revolution
Chapter 3: The Other Genevan: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Foundations of Modern Selfhood
Chapter 4: Unacknowledged Legislators: Wordsworth, Shelley, and Blake
Chapter 5: The Emergence of Plastic People: Nietzsche, Marx, and Darwin
Epilogue to Part 2: Reflections on the Foundations of the Revolution

Part 3: Sexualization of the Revolution
Chapter 6: Sigmund Freud, Civilization, and Sex
Chapter 7: The New Left and the Politicization of Sex
Epilogue to Part 3: Reflections on the Sexualization of the Revolution

Part 4: Triumphs of the Revolution
Chapter 8: The Triumph of the Erotic
Chapter 9: The Triumph of the Therapeutic
Chapter 10: The Triumph of the T
Epilogue to Part 4: Reflections on the Triumphs of the Revolution

Concluding Unscientific Prologue


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