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In Christ & Culture podcast with Drs. Ken Keathley and Benjamin Quinn, we explore how the Christian faith intersects all avenues of today’s culture through conversations with leading thinkers.
Today’s Episode: Western culture is rapidly changing. Gay marriage is legal and celebrated; transgenderism is on the rise; one’s pronouns are now up for debate. How did we get here? Dr. Carl Trueman joins us to answer this question and discuss his new book, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self. Plus, Drs. Keathley and Quinn answer your questions about the mark of the beast and theological triage.
- Dr. Trueman’s book is The Rise and Trumph of the Modern Self Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution (Crossway, 2020).
- For a more thorough conversation of the COVID vaccine, listen to our conversation with Dr. Lori Langdon.
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Society has come to grant an authority of the feelings over the body that is unprecedented in modern society.Click to tweet
Highlights from the Episode:
- How did we get here?
“Our bodies have become increasingly separated, or increasingly accidental to our identity. What we’ve seen over the last 100, 200, 300 years is an increasing prioritization of inner feelings…. Society has come to grant an authority of the feelings over the body that is unprecedented in modern society.”
- What is expressive individualism?
“To be genuinely you, you have to be able to act out that which you feel you are inside. So the real you, if you like, is your feelings. And you achieve personal authenticity, you become really you, when you’re able to act outwardly in a manner consistent with your inner feelings.”
- How our culture thinks about feelings.
“Most of us are trained to think about ourselves as our inner feelings, and we are most genuinely us when we are able to act outwardly in accordance with our inner feelings.”
- On the need for God’s Word.
“The church as a whole needs a good grasp on the whole counsel of God…. If we learn our tradition well and we’re familiar with the Bible, we should actually be better equipped to deal with the incidental specific challenges of the culture in which we find ourselves in a pretty good.”
- Are we free and autonomous selves?
“The idea that we are born free and autonomous is self-evident rubbish, and many of the problems we now see in society are predicated, built upon buying into the nonsense.”