What is “woke capitalism,” and how is it changing contemporary American culture? What are the beliefs and values of this new ideology, and how do they differ from the beliefs and values of historic Christianity? Where did these ideas originate and why are they so attractive, particularly to so many young people, in our time? What will be the long-term effects of these new beliefs? Shane Rosenthal discusses these questions and more as he continues his conversation with Rod Dreher, author of Live Not by Lies.
An important lesson for the American church that I learned from talking with Christians who experienced persecution is that if you are not willing to suffer for the church, you are not going to make it under extreme persecution. This is particularly important for America, because we’ve been blessed with so much prosperity in this country, and the forms of Christianity that are so common here have become soft, comfortable and therapeutic, so that most of us don’t really know what it means to suffer.Rod Dreher
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. In her introduction to the book, Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn writes, “Rieff identifies a central irony: the therapeutic age, for all of its bluster about human potential and personal fulfillment, is inherently un-therapeutic and even, in some respects, antihuman.”
Amusing Ourselves to death
Author: Neil Postman
Originally published in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media—from the Internet to cell phones to DVDs—it has taken on even greater significance. Amusing Ourselves to Death is a prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even religion become subject to the demands of entertainment. It is also a blueprint for regaining control of our media, so that they can serve our highest goals.