Book Review: The Twilight Of The American Enlightenment

Edge Induced Cohesion

The Twilight Of The American Enlightenment:  The 1950s And The Crisis Of Liberal Belief, by George M. Marsden

As someone who has long appreciated the divide between left and right, I found this book fascinating in its look at mainstream liberal culture at the peak of its dominance in postwar society and where everything fell apart.  Of particular interest, at least to me, was the fascinating mixture between the author’s obvious desire to reduce the state of conflict that our contemporary society has found itself in and his intellectual honesty in exploring the tensions and contradictions that eventually destroyed the ruling liberal consensus in the United States that was related to a crisis of worldview.  A consensus worldview required a certain shared set of beliefs, and the liberals of the 1950s wanted to have a consensus that allowed them to ignore the demands for the voices of others to be…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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