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First published in 1978, this hard-hitting exposition discusses the root causes of how and why Christian culture is dying. It investigates literature, culture, history, and religion in an attempt to show that education is increasingly about bureaucratic training and less about scholarly truth. A warning that cultural and artistic treasures of classical and Christian civili First published in 1978, this hard-hitting exposition discusses the root causes of how and why Christian culture is dying. It investigates literature, culture, history, and religion in an attempt to show that education is increasingly about bureaucratic training and less about scholarly truth. A warning that cultural and artistic treasures of classical and Christian civilizations must be preserved, this provocative analysis diagnoses a cultural and societal malaise facing modern Western societies.


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First published in 1978, this hard-hitting exposition discusses the root causes of how and why Christian culture is dying. It investigates literature, culture, history, and religion in an attempt to show that education is increasingly about bureaucratic training and less about scholarly truth. A warning that cultural and artistic treasures of classical and Christian civili First published in 1978, this hard-hitting exposition discusses the root causes of how and why Christian culture is dying. It investigates literature, culture, history, and religion in an attempt to show that education is increasingly about bureaucratic training and less about scholarly truth. A warning that cultural and artistic treasures of classical and Christian civilizations must be preserved, this provocative analysis diagnoses a cultural and societal malaise facing modern Western societies.

30 review for The Death of Christian Culture

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cameron M

    I heard about John Senior while perusing the web a couple of months ago as well as his two colleague professors at the University of Kansas. I believe I was searching Catholic liberal arts education and naturally this man and his peers would have come up in the results. I learned that he and Dr Quinn and Dr Nelick started the Integrated Humanities Program and it was ultimately shut down because it converted so many souls to Catholicism. What a shame that it was closed. I'd not ever read anything I heard about John Senior while perusing the web a couple of months ago as well as his two colleague professors at the University of Kansas. I believe I was searching Catholic liberal arts education and naturally this man and his peers would have come up in the results. I learned that he and Dr Quinn and Dr Nelick started the Integrated Humanities Program and it was ultimately shut down because it converted so many souls to Catholicism. What a shame that it was closed. I'd not ever read anything by Mr. Senior, so this was the first exposure I had to his writing. His writing style and prose reminded me a lot of a favorite writer of mine: Anthony Esolen. I would say that the writing style is perhaps poetic in nature, and there's a beautiful flow and carry and a savoriness to his style. Much like Esolen, there's a lot of pithiness and punch to his words, and they are ultimately undeniably true. This book gets into the destruction of Christendom and namely, Christian Culture, in Western civilization but particular here in the good ol' U.S. of A. John eloquently deconstructed how it all happened for those of us who could use the history lesson, but does so in a way that is approachable and over time, able to be chewed. I would say that in general there are more philosophical themes in the book, but that is to say, natural themes. Unfortunately today, we aren't taught to ponder in such ways and therefor books such as these might come across as difficult to the untrained mind (much like my own). As a Catholic, Senior is able to articulate with pithiness and punch the truth of Christianity and the West's cultural foundation being built/constructed on the Faith. The history is undeniable and the author brings it to light in ways that readers may not have understood. Due to his trade in literature, Senior displays the breakdown of culture on a multitude of levels from a lack of understanding of literature and coincidentally, history. Without a solid and healthy understanding of both, we have come to break down even further. As the book goes on, its public Catholicity comes in heavier and heavier doses, which I, of course, love. I wonder if that was strategic on his part, but whatever the case, it was done with excellence. For those who don't agree with Catholicism, I'd urge one to read and be open anyway, as Senior is able to demonstrate quite well how integrated Catholicism is with Western civilization and ultimately creating Christendom. A must-read for those concerned with the break down of our Christian culture.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Javier Muñoz

    Un libro escrito hace más de 40 años, que se mantiene plenamente actual en su análisis de la sociedad, el hombre y la Iglesia. Mantiene la tesis de que la decadencia del hombre actual, manifestada en la educación, la investigacion académica, la literatura, la marginación de las Humanidades, el sentimentalismo dominante... se deben por la pérdida de la referencia divina y sobrenatural, que tiene como consecuencia que el hombre es el nuevo dios. Y a eso contribuye la pérdida de los valores nobles y Un libro escrito hace más de 40 años, que se mantiene plenamente actual en su análisis de la sociedad, el hombre y la Iglesia. Mantiene la tesis de que la decadencia del hombre actual, manifestada en la educación, la investigacion académica, la literatura, la marginación de las Humanidades, el sentimentalismo dominante... se deben por la pérdida de la referencia divina y sobrenatural, que tiene como consecuencia que el hombre es el nuevo dios. Y a eso contribuye la pérdida de los valores nobles y elevados, no exclusivamente religiosos, que han estado presentes desde hace siglos en las sociedades humanas. Pero aun esos valores no exclusivamente religiosos elevan al hombre y le abren la puerta a la existencia de Dios. Son especialmente lúcidos y esperanzadores los dos últimos capítulos: "La noche oscura de la Iglesia" y "Negra pero hermosa". Y es que para Senior, la civilización occidental es la Cristiandad, y no se puede entender este libro sin la visión católica del autor de fondo. Y como bonus track, la lista de los mil libros buenos que recomienda el autor y que se incluyen al final del libro es una auténtica maravilla que aporta armamento pesado para cultivar el intelecto, el corazón y la imaginación. Una frase del autor puede resumir parte de la idea del libro: "Este mundo es una noche oscura, aunque muy hermosa". Otra obra imprescindible de John Senior, que hay que leer.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Complex, difficult analysis of the negative impact modern culture has had on the West. Makes me not want to read anything written after 1870 ever again. Fascinating, many well-developed ideas, but tends to ramble a bit. Also doomsday-ish.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This book is not for me at this time. I read about 80 pages and those were a bit of a struggle. Too much judgement on the East. Maybe someday I will revisit, maybe not.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Filled with brilliant insights, though undisciplined and wandering at times. Speaks some very important truths that remain salient today.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steph Miller

    One of the things I love about John Senior is how he confronts modernism and uncovers the philosophical roots of how we have gotten to where we are today. I am not Catholic, but have a deep appreciation for Senior's work and highly recommend it to all Christians who want a better understanding of the present state of Christianity in the West.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sam Andereck

    I wish everyone could someday read this work. John Senior’s clarity and precision is a treasure. For the anyone seeking objective Truth and especially for the Catholic, this boom is a must-read in the struggle against Modernism and Liberalism.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Senior's main thesis is that Modernism has ruined Occidental culture through exoticism, sensationalism and ennui--from Baudelaire to the present day. He mainly focuses on education, and in particular how modern educational institutions fail to cultivate intelligence and morals--even sometimes encouraging immorality. A worthwhile read for anyone interested in conservative critiques of culture, but should be all taken with a grain of salt and gets curmudgeonly at times.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angie Libert

    Although the author rambled too much for my taste, I did pull out some good gems.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    More philosophical than I expected. I liked The Restoration of Christian Culture more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Ames

    Liked his analysis very much. Profound insight. Found his prescription wanting (as a protestant).

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