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The Sensate Culture: Western Civilization between Chaos and Transformation Paperback – January 15, 2007
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Brown's writing is still relevant, prophetic, and controversial. Brown develops a comprehensive analysis of the works of Pitirim Sorokin. He describes the crisis in arts, religion, ethics, and law; the impact on sociocultural disintegration and the crisis in education, medicine, and democratic theory.
I appreciated the rich bibliography, additional sources of material introduced in the context of his study, from futurologist, demographers, sociologists, and historians. I only wish he had devoted a bigger percentage of his work to the hope for a new beginning, a reawakening and renewal, and promise.
"A Culture in Chaos and Crisis" is worthy of consideration for a modern-day Christian thinkers.
Brown approaches the problem through a prism that, while it was not of his own invention, nevertheless provides fruitful insight into the current problems. The paradigm adopted by Brown was created by mid-20th century sociologist Pitrim Sorokin in Crisis of Our Age (which debt Brown expressly acknowledges early in the book), which measures the life of cultures as passing between three stages: ideational (eyes turned only toward God apart from the earthly realm), idealistic (eyes turned toward the earthly things as expressions of the beauty of God's creation), and the sensate (eyes turned toward the earthly things for only the sensory satisfaction in itself). The stages do not necessarily evolve (or devolve) in only one direction, which makes the analysis more interesting as a means to grapple with the problems of the sensate culture that Brown posits Western culture is or is close to transforming into.Read more ›
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The late Dr. Harold O. J. Brown was one of the greatest evangelical thinkers of the late 20th century. In this profound work Dr. Read morePublished on February 29, 2008 by D. G. Monreal