• 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
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Religious
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (70 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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Very good analysis

Very good book. One of the Best book I’ve read over past couple years. Prompts me to read more Rousseau and Charles Taylor and Reiff.

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  • 01-26-22

I Love this book.

I purchased this audio book at the advice of a good friend. What makes this audio book fantastic is both the historical sweep and analysis of our current cultural / civilizational crisis, and the superb presentation by the author himself. Trumans’s articulate voice and thoughtful tone bring the entire work to life. Beware: after listening you may be tempted to purchase the text version, I know I am going to need to get it.

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Superb

Greatly enjoyed listening to this book. First, I enjoyed the fact that the author read his own work. Second, and more important, the information presented was superb. The author makes a genuine effort to trace the long history of thought that explains our current situation. Rather than harping on modern events, he strives to show that our present cultural moment has been coming for a long time.

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An important book, scholarly yet accessible

I have followed Carl Trueman for years and found him to be a careful and intelligent scholar and a faithful Christian. In this book he tackles issues of critical importance for our age, explains how we have ended up where we are, and offers thoughts for how we move forward. He uses the sexual revolution as a case study in how changes in the view of the self have affected our culture and how the church needs to understand this to be able to continue to minister in this modern age. Highly recommend.

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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.