Stores are open (exc. Blackburn), see our trading hours
FREE SHIPPING FOR WEB ORDERS OVER $99.
WISHLISTS
Stores are open (exc. Blackburn), see our trading hours
New ArrivaleBook

The Decadent Society

eBook|Feb 2020
Product Rating: 0

$22.99

From the New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Bad Religion, a powerful portrait of how our turbulent age is defined by dark forces seemingly beyond our control Today the Western world seems to be in crisis....


Available for immediate download.

Read using our free app on your tablet or mobile!

Free Shipping
for orders over $99.

You may also like

Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age Paperback
$19.99
$19.99
in stock
eBook
Power Failure eBook
$17.90
$17.90
in stock
New Arrival
A Way With Words: Using Our Online Conversations For Good Paperback
$36.99
$36.99
in stock
New ArrivaleBook
A Way With Words eBook
$17.89
$17.89
in stock
The Christian and Technology Paperback
$14.99
$14.99
in stock
eBook
Habits of the High-Tech Heart eBook
$23.72
$23.72
in stock
eBook
Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games eBook
$21.78
$21.78
in stock
eBook
Cinematic Faith eBook
$22.74
$22.74
in stock

From the New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Bad Religion, a powerful portrait of how our turbulent age is defined by dark forces seemingly beyond our control

Today the Western world seems to be in crisis. But beneath our social media frenzy and reality television politics, the deeper reality is one of drift, repetition, and dead ends. The Decadent Society explains what happens when a rich and powerful society ceases advancing-how the combination of wealth and technological proficiency with economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline creates a strange kind of "sustainable decadence," a civilizational languor that could endure for longer than we think.

Ranging from our grounded space shuttles to our Silicon Valley villains, from our blandly recycled film and television-a new Star Wars saga, another Star Trek series, the fifth Terminator sequel-to the escapism we're furiously chasing through drug use and virtual reality, Ross Douthat argues that many of today's discontents and derangements reflect a sense of futility and disappointment-a feeling that the future was not what was promised, that the frontiers have all been closed, and that the paths forward lead only to the grave.

In this environment we fear catastrophe, but in a certain way we also pine for it-because the alternative is to accept that we are permanently decadent: aging, comfortable and stuck, cut off from the past and no longer confident in the future, spurning both memory and ambition while we wait for some saving innovation or revelations, growing old unhappily together in the glowing light of tiny screens.

Correcting both optimists who insist that we're just growing richer and happier with every passing year and pessimists who expect collapse any moment, Douthat provides an enlightening diagnosis of the modern condition-how we got here, how long our age of frustration might last, and how, whether in renaissance or catastrophe, our decadence might ultimately end.

-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL

Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat is a columnist for "The New York Times" op-ed page. He is the author of "Privilege" and "Grand New Party". Before joining the "Times" he was a senior editor for "The Atlantic". He is the film critic for "National Review", and he has appeared regularly on television, including "Charlie Rose", PBS "Newshour", "Real Time", and "The Colbert Report". C

The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success Hardback
$45.99
$45.99

Bestsellers in Christian Worldview