Ben Shapiro on Carl Trueman's The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

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Puritan Board Sophomore
My guess is that the primary demographic who listens to the Ben Shapiro show are professing Christians. Shapiro tends to cater a lot to Christian sources and themes. I am not sure if he does it for ratings or if he does it because our worldviews have much overlap. Perhaps you can't divorce the two and they both play a factor.... Anyways...

I haven't read Truman's book yet but plan on doing it this year sometime.


Puritanboard Commissioner
I’m not surprised to see this. I have this book but I haven’t cracked it open yet. But the sense of it that I’ve gotten is that it is a book that has a wider appeal than Reformed people or evangelicals. Some of the thinkers who influenced the book, such as Phillip Rieff, were not Christians.

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Puritan Board Junior
Pretty cool. My sons like and follow Shapiro so maybe they will listen to his suggestion. Although they are already anti-woke. I just have to wean them off the overly political side of the discussion/debate.
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Puritan Board Sophomore
JM thanks for the tip about Hoopla. I downloaded the app and am listening to it, all free, which is nice because the book ain’t cheap!


Puritan Board Post-Graduate
Can definitely recommend! Soon as I got it, my sister accidentally knocked over my beer on it (it traveled upwards somehow...)messing up the cover and some pages. Still readable though.


Puritan Board Freshman
I am starting it when I finish John Colquhoun's A View of Saving Faith, which I should finish tomorrow (DV).
Totally off topic, but it took me forever to figure out what "DV" meant--when I was doing my research on D.H. Hill (he lived in the mid 1800s) I would occasionally see this in letters either I think he wrote and definitely people who wrote to him. Doing a google search didn't really help (can't recall how exactly I found out).

But yeah, this book looks very timely to what's going on in our society now (well, it always has been going on, but now it seems like so pervasive). I think we got like so far away from the gross debasing things of human nature so now things are so clean, largely disease-free (until recently of course, and even then it wasn't anything like it was before we had modern medicine) and many of us live in modern countries, so we're like why do we need God for when we basically have paradise? Like always, God showers us with blessings and we turn away from him and think we did it all. Yes, I'd like to look into this as I think it would different perspectives and ideas about why "self" has become so predominant (instead of that little part it may play that's made a huge impression to me).
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