America has a God-shaped hole in its heart, arguesNew 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 -- ironically -- 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 Gods image and that human beings were created with reason capable of exploring Gods 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 Treat...
|Title||:||The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
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The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great Reviews
Ben Shapiro's new book, available on Audible, is a rather brisk but often reasonably substantial reflection on Judeo-Christian history and the main troubles of our place and day. Like the great Rabbi Sacks lamentably, he doesn't really 'get' The Christian Way and relies inordinately on the 'Athens' and 'Jerusalem' trope, which is much more limited than it has been made out to be. (See Vishal Mangalwadi) However, Ben effectively outlines many major contours of moral and political ideas and their ...more
This review is beyond my ability to adequately describe the thoroughness and point to point focus over historical periods for homo sapiens' individual and collective cores for their own existence and rules of/for behaviors.
In one point in particular, this finally made me understand the huge differences between two massive Revolutions that happened mere 3 short years apart (American and French) and why they evinced such alternative approaches within both processes and outcomes.
If you have taken ...more
3.5. First of all, I wanted to say that I love Mr. Shapiro. I listen to his podcast every day and have read some of his other works. I am giving this a 3.5 because I thought that the book was a bit tough to follow and slow at times. I've studied both philosophy and ethics and I found myself being overwhelmed and lost at certain points due to the depth and large amount of information presented in such a short book. I do applaud Mr. Shapiro for the extent/quality of his research. I did learn quite ...more
What I Liked: The book is well-researched and mostly well-written. Shapiro understands that fundamental ideas are the engines that move history, and he presents the ideas of major thinkers fairly and accurately.
What I Didn’t Like: While Shapiro presents a truthful narrative of Western history, in his effort to present the necessity of Greek reason and Judeo-Christian religion, he fails to acknowledge some of the negative consequences of those ideas, particularly as they were manifested in the M ...more
In The Right Side of History, Ben Shapiro gives a stirring defense of the enduring truth found in the philosophy of our founding fathers. In this compact book he manages also to give a high level overview of the entire history of western thought that will be sufficient to understand the "big ideas" of the various contributors and also be good starting point for those who want to dig deeper.
In these turbulent times we are often hyper-focused on the "right now"; this book in my opinion helps us u ...more
Audible is great while waiting for my hard copy! Thank you, Ben.
While pursuing Happiness, we must reexamine what we believe.
Great Historic references that encourage ownership. Moral Purpose.
Clear Meaning, "Use of reason bound by higher purpose." Virtues.
Proven resources, the foundations, the Bible and Science. Ethics.
This book should become required reading in High School and College.
Virtuous Citizen Leaders must be informed, involved and brave.
A new beginning.
Generate a Moral Purpose. The ...more
Thank you Ben! Very cool.
Another powerful installment from Ben Shapiro! Ignore all the 1-star reviews on Amazon, it's another example of the Left's intolerance. None of them ever read the book, they're just trashing it.
If you care about society and our culture's future (which looks very dark), read this book and educate yourself.
I played the audio book throughout the day it was released. Clearly I found it both a quick read / listen and compelling. It is without a doubt the the tour de force that the author promised.
For those who agree with Ben Shapiro and his general world view it is a good concise overview of the the history of western thought and progress. It spells out the triumphs of the "Athens and Jerusalem" world view and how the initially slow, but then quick abandonment of this wisdom now threatens western civ ...more