Trueman, Carl

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution


“Carl Trueman explains modernity to the church, with depth, clarity, and force. The significance of The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self . . . is hard to overstate.”

—Rod Dreher, from the Foreword

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 book, 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.


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This is without question one of the most important religious books of the decade.

“The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self out this fall from academic historian and Christian pastor Carl R. Trueman…It’s the book desperately needed by social and religious conservatives: one that explains with profundity, clarity, and directness why traditional religion and morality have melted like wax before late modernity’s flame. We have gotten used to a world that past generations would have called the Apocalypse, said Solzhenitsyn. The Rev. Dr. Trueman’s account shows how that happened, and makes plain the immensity of the task not only not only of cultural recovery, but of cultural survival. This is without question one of the most important religious books of the decade.” – Excerpt from Rod Dreher’s review in The Wall Street Journal

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