The Sensate Culture

Western Civilization between Chaos and Transformation

By Harold O. J. Brown

The Sensate Culture

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  • ISBN: 9781556351884
  • Pages: 272
  • Publication Date: 1/15/2007
  • Retail Price: $32.00
Web Price: $25.60
Web Price: $25.60

The Sensate Culture

Western Civilization between Chaos and Transformation

By Harold O. J. Brown

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781556351884
  • Pages: 272
  • Publication Date: 1/15/2007
  • Retail Price: $32.00
Web Price: $25.60

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Why have so many lost confidence and hope in spite of the progress of modern times? Why do even those who deny their despair run ever faster in pursuit of pleasures that burn all thought from their minds?

Distinguished Christian thinker Harold O. J. Brown argues in this incisive analysis that our culture suffers such symptoms because we have cut ourselves off from our spiritual roots. We are in the last stages of what the late Russian scholar Pitirim Sorokin called "a late, degenerate, sensate culture." Furthermore, this crisis of culture is too opaque to be penetrated by human understanding and efforts alone. Instead we must begin by confessing our need for grace and wisdom from above.

Brown shows how, with that confession, Christians may be able to point the way out of cultural despair. They above all people know the power of "faith, hope, and love." Hence the author can conclude that, "There are some indications that disillusionment with the fading favors of a rotting sensate culture is causing people to become receptive to solutions that are identifiably Christian."

Endorsements & Reviews-

"A great contribution by one of the great Christian thinkers."
--Charles Colson

"'The Sensate Culture: Western Civilization Between Chaos And Transformation' is a probing work grappling with the reasons so many moderns worship the sensuous, the material, the merely colossal -- but still feel empty and shallow. Building on the work of the late Pitirim Sorokin, Harold Brown finds the roots of cultural disintegration in the abandonment of the spiritual dimension. The author shows how most societies have descended from spiritual values to a period like our own, when materialism and sensuality rule. The result will be not just apostasy, but revolution, and the collapse of civilization. However, this need not be inevitable. The profound connections 'The Sensate Culture' makes between Christianity and culture are accessible to every thoughtful person who takes seriously the crises faced by a world spinning out of control."
--Midwest Book Review

Contributors-

Harold O. J. Brown

Bio(s)-

Dr. Harold O. J. Brown earned four degrees from Harvard University and Harvard Divinity School. He also studied at the University of Marburg, Germany, and the University of Vienna, Austria, and taught courses in Basel, Switzerland, and Yeotmal, India. Brown cofounded the Christian Action Council. He is the director of the Center on Religion and Society at the Rockford Institute and teaches in the International Seminar on Jurisprudence and Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. He taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1971 and from 1975 to 1983. After four years as a pastor in Switzerland, Brown returned to Trinity in 1987 where he remained until joining the faculty of Reformed Theological Seminary. He is currently the John R. Richardson Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary.

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