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The Rise & Triumph of the Modern Self

Release date:

January 31, 2021



How did so many people in our day come to believe that sexuality is at the core of a person’s individual identity? And how is it that inner psychology and subjective feelings came to have more cultural authority than a person’s actual biology? Shane Rosenthal discusses these questions and more with Carl Trueman, author of The Rise & Triumph of the Modern Self.

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In times past, if you said “I feel like a man trapped in a woman’s body,” people would have said, “No, it’s your feelings that are wrong. We need to address what is going on inside your head and bring it into conformity with your body.” The fact that transgenderism now is plausible indicates that we no longer take bodily authority with the same seriousness as we once did. This idea is part and parcel of a major change that has happened over the last three hundred years whereby our inner feelings — that voice of nature within us — has come to hold an authoritative position in how we think of ourselves and what we consider to be our identity.

Carl Trueman


The Rise & Triumph of the Modern Self

Author: Carl Trueman

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.

Live Not by Lies

Author: Rod Dreher

For years, émigrés from the former Soviet bloc have been telling Rod Dreher they see telltale signs of “soft” totalitarianism cropping up in America–something more Brave New World than Nineteen Eighty-Four. Identity politics are beginning to encroach on every aspect of life. Civil liberties are increasingly seen as a threat to “safety”. Progressives marginalize conservative, traditional Christians, and other dissenters. Technology and consumerism hasten the possibility of a corporate surveillance state. And the pandemic, having put millions out of work, leaves our country especially vulnerable to demagogic manipulation.

The Triumph of the Therapeutic

Author: Phillip Reiff

Since its publication in 1966, The Triumph of the Therapeutic has been hailed as a work of genuine brilliance, one of those books whose insights uncannily anticipate cultural developments and whose richness of argumentation reorients entire fields of inquiry. This special fortieth-anniversary edition of Philip Rieff’s masterpiece, the first volume in ISI Books’ new Background series, includes an introduction by Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn and essays on the text by historians Eugene McCarraher and Wilfred McClay and philosopher Stephen Gardner.