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Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization

Narrated by: John McLain
Length: 6 hrs
Categories: History, Ancient
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Western civilization's genius is in its synthesis of reason and faith. These foundations are under assault today from Islamists and radical secularists. Unless Western society recovers its confidence in this synthesis and its capacity to magnify human freedom and achievement, our future is limited.

This sharp commentary on the rise and current decline of Western Civilization touches on historical moments - including the building of early universities in the Middle Ages and the American Revolution - and figures - including Augustine, Acquinas, Edmund Burke, and Adam Smith - that exemplify the faith-reason synthesis at the heart of Western Civilization, as well as the modern villains that threaten to destroy it.

©2019 Samuel Gregg (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Terryn
  • Middletown, Connecticut United States
  • 10-24-19

Excellent description of the current state of the West

Sam Gregg has once again brought his clear thinking and insights about Western Culture to us through this book. Here he gives a concise history of the relationship between faith and reason and how Western Civilization depends upon their consistency. He uses Pope Benedict XVI’s 2006 Regensburg Address as the starting point for the discussion. From there he shows the Jewish Roots of the positive relationship of faith and reason and how Jewish faith gave meaning to and enhanced Greek philosophy.

Gregg always shows the history of movements that tried to place opposition between the two, favoring one over the other. These movements have had bad consequences, sometimes frighteningly so.

He concludes with words of hope, explaining how the West can rescue itself by once again embracing the compatibility of faith and reason. He shows how the American Founding differed from the French Revolution in this regard, and how to move back in that direction.

Highly recommended.

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