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The Death of Christian Culture Hardcover – June 1, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0912141107 ISBN-10: 0912141107

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Roman Catholic Books (June 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912141107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912141107
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A beautifully written Jeremiad on the decay of Western intellectual and spiritual culture."  —E. M. Macierowski, PhD, professor, philosophy and classical languages, Benedictine College


"Anyone seriously interested in understanding what underlies the contemporary demise of the West should buy it, read it, and digest the many gems of wisdom it contains."  —Peter A. Redpath, PhD, full professor of philosophy, St. John's University


"Reminds us of Western civilization's treasury of wisdom, its perennial philosophy and great literature."  —Mitchell Kalpakgian, PhD, professor of humanities and the Trivium, Wyoming Catholic College



"Profound yet profoundly readable, this book is brilliantly revealing of both the causes and effects of modernity's cultural crisis."  —David M. Whalen, PhD, associate provost and associate professor of English, Hillsdale College


"Senior was the Catholic Socrates of the 20th century."  —James S. Taylor, PhD, author, Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education


"I knew John Senior for some 50 years. No one had the same success in defending and bringing others to the Catholic faith."  —Ronald P. McArthur, PhD, president emeritus, Thomas Aquinas College


"A true prophet."   —Reverend C.J. McCloskey III, research fellow, Faith and Reason Institute, Washington, DC


"John Senior was a great teacher and poet . . . In the middle of this dark night of secular society, Senior sees the Morning Star."  —Most Reverend David L. Ricken, DD, JCL, Bishop of Cheyenne
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About the Author

John Senior holds his doctorate from Columbia University and was a professor of English, comparative literature, and classics and the founder of the Integrated Humanities Program at the University of Kansas. He was dedicated to preserving Catholic orthodoxy. Andrew Senior has worked as a diocesan director of religious education and as a professor of Latin, English, history, and philosophy. He currently teaches at St. Mary's College. He lives in Manhattan, Kansas. Dr. David Allen White is a professor of English at the United States Naval Academy. He is the editor of Shakespeare A to Z and the author of The Horn of the Unicorn and The Mouth of the Lion. He lives in Annandale, Virginia.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Odaniel VINE VOICE on August 12, 2003
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It is hard to believe this book was published in 1979--it is a throwback to a time when culture meant something other than the latest dress featured on "Sex and the City." This cranky book (really, just a stitched together collection of past articles) has a little bit of everything: (1) a good introduction to the philosophy of the East and its beneficial and baleful influence on Christianity; (2) a sketch of modernism in poetry and literature and the pernicious influence of Keats and Arnold; (3) a description of the intersection of freedom, justice, crime and punishment; (4) the disaster resulting from the loss of a classical education (and how Joyce, as being at least "half educated" has pulled the wool over the eyes of the rest of us who are merely "quarter educated"; and (5) a traditional defense of Catholicism as represented in the writings of Newman and the scholastics. Be warned: This is hard-core catholic writing that has the old take-no-prisoners tang to it. A delight to read. Highly recommended (and short, at a mere 175 pages).
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Misdom on April 22, 2010
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An excellent commentary for the Christian perspective and where we began our steady decline from the Classical education that served us so well for centuries. Lots of meat here, likely to be reread over many years and maintain a permanent space on my bookcase. Should be required reading for those inclined students of Christianity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ray on August 27, 2013
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This is a life altering book, as is the followup which I also rate with five stars. I am a Benedictine oblate at the Abbey where some students of Prof. Senior now reside. One is the Abbot, another the Prior. I can certainly understand the impact he had on their lives. Every Christian should read both of the books. They will by unaffected.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Rochon on March 17, 2013
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Enjoyable and humorous, one wouldn't expect a book entitled "The Death of Christian Culture" to end on a hopeful note. Sorry, non-believers, hope remains eternal! I recommend this book whole-heartedly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eustachios on December 18, 2013
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If you are blessed with a mind for high culture and intellectual pursuits, this book is definitely for you!

John Senior writes very well of the problems in contemporary society. My only criticism is that this book is not for the faint of heart--either if you do not want to hear the truth, or if you have difficulty understanding the humanities.

No matter one's preference, this is a book for your shelf and worthy of study. John Senior has done us all a great favor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G.C. on December 14, 2012
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Excellent read for those serious about understanding what has happened to our culture and how it will take a miracle to turn it around again.
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