The Right Side of History

The Right Side of History

How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great

eBook - 2019
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America has a God-shaped hole in its heart, argues New York Times bestselling author Ben Shapiro, and we shouldn't fill it with politics and hate.In 2016, Ben Shapiro spoke at UC Berkeley. Hundreds of police officers were required from 10 UC campuses across the state to protect his speech, which was andamp;#8212; ironically andamp;#8212; about the necessity for free speech and rational debate. He came to argue that Western Civilization is in the midst of a crisis of purpose and ideas. Our freedoms are built upon the twin notions that every human being is made in God's image and that human beings were created with reason capable of exploring God's world. We can thank these values for the birth of science, the dream of progress, human rights, prosperity, peace, and artistic beauty. Jerusalem and Athens built America, ended slavery, defeated the Nazis and the Communists, lifted billions from poverty and gave billions spiritual purpose. Jerusalem and Athens were the foundations of the Magna Carta and the Treaty of Westphalia; they were the foundations of Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail.Civilizations that rejected Jerusalem and Athens have collapsed into dust. The USSR rejected Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, substituting a new utopian vision of "social justice" andamp;#8211; and they starved and slaughtered tens of millions of human beings. The Nazis rejected Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, and they shoved children into gas chambers. Venezuela rejects Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, and citizens of their oil-rich nation have been reduced to eating dogs. We are in the process of abandoning Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, favoring instead moral subjectivism and the rule of passion. And we are watching our civilization collapse into age-old tribalism, individualistic hedonism, and moral subjectivism. We believe we can reject Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law and satisfy ourselves with intersectionality, or scientific materialism, or progressive politics, or authoritarian governance, or nationalistic solidarity. We can't.The West is special, and in The Right Side of History, Ben Shapiro bravely explains that it's because too many of us have lost sight of the moral purpose that drives us each to be better, or the sacred duty to work together for the greater good, or both. A stark warning, and a call to spiritual arms, this book may be the first step in getting our civilization back on track.
Publisher: 2019
ISBN: 9780062857927
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May 18, 2019

Great read

May 08, 2019

This book is based on pure fantasy. The author obviously has never read a real history book.

May 04, 2019

Shapiro traces the ideas that form the foundation of Western civilization (religion and reason), and how those ideas have been eroded over time, culminating in the current political climate (no religion, reason is subjective).

Broad and thought provoking.

Apr 18, 2019

If you've watched any of his youtube videos, then this book probably isn't necessary. Fear-mongering and propaganda in his carefully veiled "hey, I'm just telling that truth that most people are too scared to speak" style. Nothing new to see here folks.

Apr 17, 2019

Yet another amazingly fashioned novel by Ben. Five out of five.

Apr 11, 2019

This book is a wonderfully crafted, thought provoking piece. It perfectly blends theology and philosophy into a message of purpose and meaning that supports the main point.

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