THE CULTURE WAR: How the West Lost Its Greatness & Was Weakened From Within Paperback – September 20, 2017
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- Paperback : 250 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1945757639
- ISBN-13 : 978-1945757631
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.57 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Christian Publishing House (September 20, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,499,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some basic assumptions by those on the left and the right are clarified in such passages as: "The current nihilist ideology views man as inherently good and traditional morality as a negative structure that prohibits man from liberties. If something goes wrong, man is not responsible, but society is at fault. Consequently, society needs constant reforms away from its traditional values. In stark contrast, religious thought perceives man as faulty, torn between good and evil. It is his personal responsibility to choose to do justice and that which is right." It helps to understand that liberals and conservatives are operating on fundamentally different assumptions, and the more we understand what those assumptions are, and how they have evolved over time, the better we can appreciate the battle of values between the left and the right.
Overall the book was very educational and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the history and development of political correctness and the culture war.
Thanks again to Hanne Herland for this amazing book. I could not put it down!
I have not encountered another recent book citing as many varied primary sources.
Drawback, for me, is that this content needed a talented editor to help the author make a truly effective presentation. Much of this book struck me as a series of one or two paragraph summaries of source materials, without a logically organized, connecting, theme.
Additionally the Kindle edition, I read, needed the services of a competent proofreader to correct typos and conjugate or translate verbs.
Emotionally, I found this book personally valuable. Intellectually, I believe a better book, half as long, could have been written from the same material.
One of my favorite passages:
“An underlying sorrow seems to permeate Western culture. Our civilization is blanketed with a melancholy fog consisting of financial crises, moral decay, a sense of helplessness, neuroses and mental pain. Man is nihilistically alone and unprotected in a godless, dark and dangerous world where no God above sees or cares for him, nobody watches his steps, he has no purpose beyond the here and now, beyond selfish pursuits, in a non-spiritual world in which the only strength that may help him succeed is his own. He has nowhere to turn, the bonds of fellowship and ethic solidarity quenched in an increasingly hedonistically, self-oriented culture where the only goal is to become rich and famous.”