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Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution (English Edition) Versión Kindle
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From Philosophy to Technology, Tracing the Origin of Identity Politics
How did the world arrive at its current, disorienting state of identity politics, and how should the church respond? Historian Carl R. Trueman shows how influences ranging from traditional institutions to technology and pornography moved modern culture toward an era of “expressive individualism.” Investigating philosophies from the Romantics, Nietzsche, Marx, Wilde, Freud, and the New Left, he outlines the history of Western thought to the distinctly sexual direction of present-day identity politics and explains the modern implications of these ideas on religion, free speech, and personal identity.
For fans of Trueman’s The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, this ebook offers a more concise presentation and application of some of the most critical topics of our day. Individuals and groups can work through the book together with the Strange New World Study Guide and Strange New World Video Study, sold separately.
- Cultural Analysis from a Christian Perspective: Explores the history of the sexual revolution and its influence today
- A Concise Version of The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Offers an approachable presentation of the points in Trueman’s popular book
- A Great Resource for Individual and Small-Group Study: Each chapter ends with thought-provoking application questions
- Part of the Strange New World Suite: Can be used with the Strange New World Video Study and Strange New World Study Guide
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Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College. He is a contributing editor at First Things, an esteemed church historian, and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Trueman has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including The Creedal Imperative; Luther on the Christian Life; and Histories and Fallacies. He is a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.--Este texto se refiere a la edición paperback.
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- Editorial : Crossway (15 marzo 2022)
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He makes adequate historical references to thought leaders in philosophy, psychology, and political movements, to trace what he calls “the contours of the modern self.” These include “…the emphasis on the authority of our inner feelings; the centrality of sexual desire to this; the way in which this is now a political and not merely a personal matter; and the various cultural and technological factors that have also served to promote this way of understanding the self.”
“…The dominant narratives pushed by the cultural elites press us to think of human selfhood not simply in terms of expressive individualism but specifically in terms of sexual identity. They also encourage us to see sexual fulfillment as a core component of a happy and fulfilled life. They shape our sentiments to see victimhood and marginalization not simply as evils to be overcome but also as granting the victimized and the marginal a moral status that makes their various causes something that it is nearly impossible to oppose.”
Rather than merely lamenting the dire implications of The Strange New World for traditional Christians, Trueman encourages them to avoid inaction, whether it is due to the despair of pessimism or the naïveté of optimism. Instead, he calls the modern Church to emulate the priorities of the early church including fellowship that observes the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper and flourishes under the preaching of the whole counsel of God. He reminds his readers that the gates of Hades cannot prevail against the Church Christ promised to build. But rather than rest in this assurance with complacency, he urges us to repent of our own complicity—as individuals and as congregations—in some of the same contours that have led the world to error and violation of both Scripture and the underlying benefits of obedience to God’s Word.
Trueman is careful to affirm the legitimacy of emotion, the validly of seeking personal happiness, and the importance of the individual as a sexual being, so long as they are not made ends in themselves.
This book affirms my belief that God exists and that He and all that He has created has a nature or way of being. This objective reality is not subject to human imagination or social construct.
I highly recommend the book for its efficiency in exposing the roots of the sexual revolution in general, and transgender ideology, as part of LGBTQ+, in particular. It views the current answer of what it means to be human from the perspective of a biblical worldview, but with humility, respect, and self-examination.
Let's start with the obvious. Trueman defines Christianity by its position on gender, marriage, and sexuality. I believe that Christianity is defined by the teaching of Christ, which is not the same. I have many secular friends who think all Christians care about is gay marriage, abortion, and more recently trans issues. This book contributes to that view.
This is not what Jesus was about. When asked what God’s greatest commandment is, he answered according to Matthew 22:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
According to Trueman it's the "authentic emotional self" that's the problem. I happen to think that's the part of the personality that God wants a relationship with and commands us to love.
Instead of pointing arrows at the LGTBQ community, would Christians not be better served by working on things like the high divorce rate in Christian marriages or the fact that more than 30% of children raised as Christians abandon their faith when they become adults. Or what about the decades of sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy? Would it not be more valuable and humbling for Christians to make more effort to address these painful issues?
Where is Jesus in this book? Only in the last chapter does Trueman mention Jesus Christ (without going into His teachings). Trueman seems strangely out of touch with the teachings of Christ, so allow me to insert two of those here from Matthew 7 that seem relevant here:
1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."
The author chooses to point at the sins of secular society instead of looking for the plank in the eyes of many Christians. He then portrays Christians as the persecuted victims of a secularized society. Logic is lost here, criticism is not the same as persecution. What is clear, however, is that the author has a strong political message which reminds me of how toxic it is to mix religion with politics.
He writes that Marx and Freud have politicized sexuality. And yet he politicizes Christianity. He uses it to make cultural and political statements. He writes that Marx and the LGBTQ community powerfully position themselves as victims. And yet in Ch. 9 he positions Christians as victims. I find this strangely inconsistent for a scholar of his magnitude.
I do not doubt Trueman's good intentions. Carl Trueman writes how he wishes we could return to medieval times when there was a clear authoritarian structure in society on gender, sex and marriage. He might want to bear in mind the admonition of the medieval Abbot Bernard of Clairvaux: "The road to hell is paved with good intentions".
The future of Christianity depends on its ability to clean its own house and not be aroused by the self-righteous indignation the author of this book inspires. Interviews with former Christians indicate they left their faith because of the hypocrisy and judgment within their church community. Something to think about in the light of the teachings of Jesus Christ.