Why the Rest Hates the West
"Why do they hate us so much?"Many in the U.S. are baffled at the hatred and anti-Western sentiment they see on the international news. Why are people around the world so resentful of Western cultural values and ideals? Historian Meic...
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"Why do they hate us so much?"Many in the U.S. are baffled at the hatred and anti-Western sentiment they see on the international news. Why are people around the world so resentful of Western cultural values and ideals? Historian Meic Pearse unpacks the deep divides between the West and the rest of the world. He shows how many of the underlying assumptions of Western civilization directly oppose and contradict the cultural and religious values of significant people groups. Those in the Third World, Pearse says, "have the sensation that everything they hold dear and sacred is being rolled over by an economic and cultural juggernaut that doesn't even know it's doing it . . . and wouldn't understand why what it's destroying is important or of value."Pearse's keen analysis offers insight into perspectives not often understood in the West, and provides a starting point for intercultural dialogue and rapprochement.
Meic Pearse (D.Phil., Oxford University) is associate Professor of History at Houghton College, New York, USA. He has lectured in church history at the London School of Theology and in the Balkans and is author of several books and articles, including Why the Rest Hates the West (SPCK), The Age of Reason: from the Wars of Religion to the French Revolution 1570-1789 (Baker/Lion) and The Gods of War: Is Religion the Primary Cause of Violent Conflict? (InterVarsity Press) and The Great Restoration : Religious Radicals of the 16th and 17th Century (Paternoster, 1998, 2003).
- 1. Barbarian Juggernauts
- 2. On The Importance Of Being Earnest
- 3. How To Be Sinless: Human Rights And The Death Of Obligation
- 4. Killing The Past: Tradition, Progress And Unprogress
- 5. Impersonal States
- 6. Imagined Communities
- 7. Divided Love, Infantilized Culture
- 8. Observations In Passing?
- Conclusion: The Renewed Relevance Of A Religious--and Moral--vision