Using historical evidence, Professor Anthony Esolen knocks down the relativist arguments and shows how the West laid the cornerstones for all of modern civilization, including historical, artistic, and intellectual achievements.
We owe it to history and to ourselves to acknowledge Western civilization's role in shaping our values and our world.
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©2008 Anthony Michael Esolen; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Let it go on record that I am a middle of the road conservative. Let it also go on record that I think a lot of the better aspects of Western culture have taken a major hit in the name of "progressivism." That said, from the opening words of this tirade, my mouth was agape. In the introduction, we are told that the Middle Ages weren't so bad, that soon no one will know who Jesus is, that good old fashioned religion has been overrun by liberals, feminists, anti-gun freaks and ho-mo-sex-u-als. We are also told outright that the last two hundred years of American history have been demonized when in reality they were glorious and filled with honor and democracy for all--we take it the author is not black, Jewish, Asian or Hispanic...or Native American Indian, for that matter. Then...ladies and gentleman, the first chapter launches into an unreserved paeon to ancient Greece as the birthplace and epitome of Western culture. Now I am just a humble college English teacher, but from my reading, I took it that Socrates was killed for "corrupting the youth and mocking the gods..." and not only was homosexuality nearly as common in ancient Greece as heterosexuality, in his Symposium, Plato honors a "third sex" known as the "boy lovers." And I hate to break it to the author, but the ancient Greeks didn't know who Jesus was either... Unless you are Rush Limbaugh, George Bush or Dick Chaney, save your bucks on this one! I, frankly, could not believe it averages three and a half stars!
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