• 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
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (552 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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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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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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One of the most important books of this time

This book it just necessary to navigate the current times. it lights the road to where we are now with outstanding arguments and intelectual knowledge of past currents of thought

I could not be more gratefull for this book. it is a incredible tool for dicerment in a world of the highly subjective.

Thanks for this incredible work.


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Excellent overview of the modern West

Very dense, but incredibly insightful and useful in understanding how we arrived where we are today and why certain cultural themes hold water

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insightful

A most insightful book on the moral questions of today. Clear and well done.

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If you don’t have a PhD, this is unintelligible. In any case it is painful to listen to.

I like the author and the topics, and I’m no dummy… but it seems like he went to great pains to use inaccessible vocabulary and flowery circumlocution in every sentence. DO NOT listen to this while driving - you will fall asleep and crash!

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Extremely helpful in understanding modern culture

this book is certainly a challenging read. It is very thorough in its analysis of how we have reached a place in contemporary thought or individual expressionism is the dominant force of the day.

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Masterpiece

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

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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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  • 06-15-22

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-14-22

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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  • Another Customer
  • 08-21-22

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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  • Tellef A. Granaas
  • 06-14-22

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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  • Mr M Bennett
  • 05-26-22

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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  • Patrick Powell
  • 05-25-22

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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  • Steven Davis
  • 12-10-21

Answered so so many of my questions…

I am so grateful for this contribution by Carl R Trueman to the cultural self and ‘how it travelled to be here in the 21st Century’. There was great value not only in the substance of content which demonstrated the author’s numerous disciplines but also his personal reading of the book as he expressed clearly what he wanted us to know and take away. Carl Trueman has answered many questions that I have asked over the years. I want to also encourage Professor Trueman in the following…an astute comment by a mentor of mine with which I heartily agree (but I also acknowledge this was not his stated intention in the volume). ”My only disappointment was that the accuracy of his assessment needs to be matched with an equally exceptional delineation of the gospel and how it meets the modern self. I certainly don’t think that any prescriptions outside of Christ are achieving much.” Thank you Carl Trueman.

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  • Jessica Blake
  • 09-12-22

Excellent

very helpful and challenging in how to think about how we arrived where we are in the current zeitgeist

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  • Daniel D
  • 05-20-22

Brilliant

Prophetic, well-written, balanced, and dispassionate. A brilliant book. And Trueman delivers the audiobook expertly.

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  • 05-02-22

A Most Magnificent Prolegomenon

If an average person were to run a marathon with a runner, they may for a few minutes have a false sense of confidence that they can keep up. Pretty soon they will realise that they are out of steam and the runner was merely warming up. Such was the case with this book. Stretched to my capacity, Trueman was merely warming up. However, it’s impossible not to take something out of this work.

Trueman achieves his aim of creating a prolegomenon.

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  • Lydia
  • 03-11-22

Universal must read

Incredible read. Needs to be part of every curriculum in high school, primary and university. Insightful and jaw dropping information, thought provoking and dissecting the current season of thinking. Please read the book twice maybe thrice