A Review of Live Not By Lies. By Rod Dreher

Dec 30, 2020 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: We all need to read Dreher’s important new book: “Open war is upon you whether you would risk it or not.” Some of you may recall that line of Aragorn to Theoden in Tolkien’s The Two Towers. And it is now fully applicable to what Christians find in the West today. As genuine persecution begins to mount, only real deal Christians will be able to stand and withstand – not the fake ones. The time of playing games is over. The time of a cross-less Christianity is...

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It’s critical the West recovers its self-belief

Dec 17, 2020 by

by John Anderson, The Australian: Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay for my video podcast about their new book. Pluckrose, Lindsay, and Peter Boghossian became famous in the 2017-18 grievance studies ­affair when they manufactured deliberately absurd academic articles and had several accepted by peer-reviewed critical theory journals. The hoax revealed what many academics had known for years — that too many postmodern and critical theory journals are...

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‘Fake Law’ – the Secret Barrister’s defence of fake justice

Dec 12, 2020 by

from Christian Concern: Pavel Stroilov, consultant to the Christian Legal Centre, comments on the new book by ‘The Secret Barrister’ – Fake Law: The Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies. A couple of years ago, an anonymous author published a book entitled The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How it is Broken. The word ‘broken’ here is a pun: the book argued that the system of justice was underfunded and altogether ‘broken’. The book became an award-winning bestseller, and ‘the Secret...

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

Dec 10, 2020 by

from Christianity Today: In a new book The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution, Carl Trueman argues that the sexual revolution and its triumphs result from a mix of immediate, short-term, and long-term causes. Trueman’s basic contention is this: The sexual revolution is a symptom rather than the cause of efforts to redefine human identity. People tend to see the world and themselves more as raw material that they...

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Book review: ‘Live not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents’

Dec 1, 2020 by

by Tim Dieppe, Christian Concern: Bestselling author Rod Dreher has borrowed the title of this book from that of an essay by Soviet dissident and Nobel Prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn which circulated in Moscow from 1974 and is dated on the very day that the police broke into his apartment and arrested him.   The thesis of the book is that Western culture today is moving towards a form of soft totalitarianism which demands allegiance to its beliefs. Those who have lived under...

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Tom Holland on Christianity’s enduring influence

Sep 21, 2020 by

by Sam Leith, Spectator: Is secularism Christianity by other means? In this week’s Book Club, my guest is the historian Tom Holland, author of the new book Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World. The book, though as Tom remarks, you might not know it from the cover, is essentially a history of Christianity — and an account of the myriad ways, many of them invisible to us, that it has shaped and continues to shape Western culture. It’s a book and an argument that takes us from...

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