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Remaking the World : How 1776 Created the Post-Christian West - Andrew Wilson

Remaking the World

How 1776 Created the Post-Christian West

By: Andrew Wilson

Hardcover | 5 September 2023

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How 7 Transformational Events in 1776 Paved the Way for Today's Post-Christian West

With dizzying social transformations in everything from gender to social justice, it may seem like there's never been a more tumultuous period in history. But a single year in the late 18th century saw a number of influential transformations--or even revolutions--that changed the social trajectory of the Western world. By understanding how those events influenced today's cultural landscape, Christians can more effectively bear witness to God's truth in a post-Christian age.

In Remaking the World, Andrew Wilson highlights 7 major developments from the year 1776--globalization, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, the Great Enrichment, the American Revolution, the rise of post-Christianity, and the dawn of Romanticism--and explains their relevance to social changes happening today. Carefully examining key documents and historical figures, Wilson demonstrates how a monumental number of political, philosophical, economical, and industrial changes in the year of America's founding shaped the modern West into a "WEIRDER" society: Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic, Ex-Christian, and Romantic. This thoroughly researched yet accessible book offers a unique historical perspective on modern views of family, government, religion, and morality--giving Christians the historical lens they need to understand today's post-Christian trends and respond accordingly.

  • Relevant Cultural and Historical Analysis: Skillfully connects key ideas and events from the past to the present
  • Comprehensive: Examines important developments from 1776, including the American Revolution, Thomas Paine's Common Sense, Edward Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire; James Watt's steam engine; Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations; and Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
  • Informative: Covers key historical figures, including John Adams, Edmund Burke, and David Hume
  • Biblical: Equips and encourages readers to share the gospel in a post-Christian world
  • A Great Resource for Pastors, Scholars, and Readers of Carl Trueman's The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

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