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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.

©2020 Carl R. Trueman and Rod Dreher (P)2020 Crossway

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  • Daniel
  • 10-01-2021

Thoughtful, historic, helpful.

Carl Trueman thoughtfully engages with a culture that Christians would rather insult and mock than dialog with. His grounding of modern culture and the ‘self’ in historic thoughts, persons, and trends allows him to give insights into our culture that I have missed and you will probably will too if you don’t listen to/read this book.

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  • Grahambo
  • 27-01-2021

Exceptional

Loved it. Extremely useful for anyone, especially a christian to see how the social imaginary in the west has devealoped and grown to the point where transgenderism became plausible. That doesn't mean it's an accurate view of the self, or reality but Carl shows how the self has been redefined by the likes of Jack Rossaue, Sigmund Freud, Friedriech Nietzche, Darwin and other modern deconstructionist/feminist/surrealist thinkers. Our modern view of the self which we all to some extent have adopted has a history and Carl shows how it came to be. Read this book, I can't do it justice. Carl also does a great job as a narrarator, it is his book but he does have an interesting british voice and his experience as a professor/pastor/speaker helps him describe complex ideas and concepts. This belongs on the shelf of every teacher, especially teachers in the Church.

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  • Joel Ellis
  • 27-02-2021

Excellent analysis

A careful and profoundly insightful historical and philosophical analysis of modern society in the West.

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  • David
  • 17-02-2021

Rarified air

This book is unbelievable in its scope and breathtaking in its analysis. It’s not a “churchy” or religious book even though written from the perspective of a religious person. I deeply appreciate the fair and honest ways in which the author treats all sides on the issue of the modern self and our sexuality. Very well done.

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  • S. Hall
  • 16-02-2021

Wow. What insight!

Carl Trueman steps outside of history to tell us why our unquestioned assumptions about the nature of the world are radically different from what most people have believed in all of human history, but he also carefully researches and explains how we got to where we are, offering fresh insights into things our society takes for granted but maybe shouldn't.

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  • JMW
  • 11-02-2021

Required Reading

A masterpiece of socio-political history. Carl Trueman does an incredible job tracing lines of thought that often unthinkingly lie below all kinds of modern day ideologies. Every person in the west today needs to read this book so as to understand themselves. What an incredible book! Truly a story that makes sense of our own stories today.

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  • Stephen Minter
  • 10-02-2021

A must read

This book is a must read for Christians today. As a lay pastor and construction worker the topics and historical analysis are both informative and instructive as I navigate a host of sentiments and assumptions I deal with on a daily basis in both my spheres of work, both personally and with others. As a father of young children, the principles layer out will be helpful for me as I seek to minimize the effects of the imbibed cultural milieu, and raise strong, rooted children who understand not just what the believe but how and why they believe it.

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