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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  80 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Whatever happened to Western civilization? Somehow, Christians have lost ground in every cultural area of leadership and influence in Europe and America since 1700. This is an indubitable fact. The remaining Christians search for an explanation. They want to know how it happened.

This is the story of the decline and fall of Western civilization. It is the story of uncommonl...more
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published 2013 by Not Avail
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Jonathan Roberts
A Concurring Opinion
A review of the book Apostate by Kevin Swanson

I have never struggled so much with my thoughts on a book like I did with Kevin Swanson’s Apostate.

When I saw that the book was coming out I was very excited, it was the kind of book I love to read. It is one part critique of culture, one part history book, and one part indictment on the philosophies of western culture. Kevin Swanson has done his work he has written a powerful summary of how western culture has fallen away from a...more
Douglas Wilson
This is a very fine book. In it, Kevin Swanson does something very similar to what Jones does in Degenerate Moderns, and Paul Johnson in Intellectuals. Swanson has a few weak chapters (Aquinas and Shakespeare, in my view), but where he has the background data at his fingertips, as he does for almost all the men in this book, his treatment is devastating. The subtitle is "The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West," and when we take higher education into account, we could add "And the Christians Wh...more
Josh
Have you ever stopped and pondered how Western Civilization got to the place we are right now culturally and ethically speaking? Have you ever wished you could go back through history and trace the teachings responsible for leading us down the slippery slope of a society that values paganism/humanism but seemingly loathes anything Christian? Apostate: The Men who Destroyed the Christian West by Kevin Swanson is just the book for you then. This book was an eye-opening read, and one that I know I...more
Nick
First of all, this 2 star rating has nothing to do with his ideas. I agree with everything he says. The problems lie elsewhere.

Have you ever been in a meeting where you were trying to solve a problem with a bunch of people and there is just this one guy that points out any flaw with any idea. They don't give any ideas of their own, they never try to help with a solution, they just shoot other people down. Well, that's what reading this book is like. There is nothing but problems until the last t...more
Marjolaine B
When I receive books for reviewing, I usually find it easy to just lay them in my ''to-read'' pile. Not so with Apostate! I was motivated to read this book from the cover and the first chapter! So intense is this work that I couldn't put it down and finished it in one afternoon. True, the content is not light reading. On the contrary, Mr. Swanson embarks upon the very important task of revealing the histories and twisted beliefs of many famous philosophers, authors and other men who, unfortunate...more
Pastoralmusings
The good folks at Cross Focused Reviews have provided us with Apostate by Kevin Swanson for review. Note that providing this book came with no obligation to write a positive review; and no financial remuneration was given for this review.

Apostate is an amazing book, and is written by a man who is well qualified to present the evidence found in the book.

Swanson’s experience and studies enable him to show us that ideas have consequences. Sadly this world is full of ungodly ideas, and the consequen...more
Michael Boling
If one were honest, they would have to admit there has been a drastic shift in the milieu of Western culture, a shift from a definitive foundation on Christian values to one where godless and humanistic pursuits reigns supreme. How did this great shift in culture take place and who were the perpetrators or the behind the scenes movers and shakers, those who have influenced Western civilization to such an extent that seemingly every element of society has embraced these godless ideals? Kevin Swan...more
Bob
Amazing history of how revisionists changed public education in the Western civilization from the sacred revelation of knowledge and understanding to secular human reasoning.
Ross Leavitt
By taking a brief look at many men who have had a major influence on the way our world thinks, Kevin Swanson paints a broad picture of how the thought of one man can set a powerful trajectory for those who come after him. He looks at the theologians, philosophers, and writers who are household names, some of whom had significant positive influence and may even have been regenerate. Yet we see that often, Christian men introduced error into their thinking that would eventually influence those who...more
Marguerite Harrell
I started reading this book on June 28th and so far I am enjoying it and learning a lot too.

It is a very educational book to learn how others have affect or influence the world in their ungodly's view in school, music, and books. We all need to be on guard how others influence us away from Christ. This book is an eye opener to wake us up from being lukewarm what is going on. We all do need to take our stake and be firmly grounded in His Word away from the influence of the post-modern world view...more
Abby
WOW!
This book book was so enlightening yet sobering at the same time!
The most eyeopening part of this book was the section on the literary figures who have played such a huge part in where America is today.
Men such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain and Earnest Hemingway, who had such an agenda behind their books which are such "classics" in our schools and homes.

I would definitely recommend this book to older readers, especially to those who love to read the classics and aspire to be writers....more
Andrew
Tremendous! Apostate is an absolute must read for anyone who wants to arm themselves with the historical backdrop to the demise of western civilization.
Joshua Horn
Important book!
Justus
Here is my review of one of the most interesting books on Christian History I have read yet, Apostate: The Men who Destroyed the Christian West.

It is interesting because of (1) the author, (2) the topic, (3) the style, and (4) the message.

The Author

Kevin Swanson, speaker, radio host, pastor, and writer, he is the most persuasive, dynamic, and most requested homeschooling advocate I know. Host of the online talk show, Generations, he is an outspoken proponent of the Family-Integrated Churches (F...more
Kevin Sorensen
Reader beware, indeed!

This is not an easy read; not because it's only for academicians, but because it is heavy, potentially depressing and strips away all hope we, as Americans (and any others in the 'West') have of 'pulling ourselves up by our own boot straps.' Swanson, not a novice to the realm of cultural criticism offers up a heaping dose of it here in Apostate: The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West. Your head will hurt, your heart will ache and you're faith in humanity will be stripped...more
Melissa
This is essential reading for the Christian or those with nagging questions about faith and reason. I am still working on reading it, but have read about half so far and have found it to be insightful and thought-provoking.

Kevin Swanson writes about many influential men who apostatized from the faith, either in their own lifetimes or in their lineage. The first part--called The Nephilim--covers Thomas Aquinas, Rene Descartes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Jeremy Bentham, Ralph Waldo Emerso...more
Holly
Having read the major philosophers over the years, and many biographies about them as well, I thought Apostate provided a clear summary of the flow of Western thought both in the THINKING of the philosophers and artists with the resultant effects on Western culture, and in how their worldview was LIVED OUT in their own lives. The book answers the question, "How did we get here?" It also has woven throughout the answer to the question, "What do we do now?" A Biblical worldview is timeless, transc...more
RH
Apostate. It's an ominous sounding title, and I went to Merriam Webster's online dictionary to find the exact definition for the word. It is: someone whose beliefs have changed and who no longer belongs to a religious or political group. I looked up synonyms for the word apostate just to get a better grasp of it. Included in the list were words such as betrayer, double-crosser, traitor, turncoat, mutineer and a host of other such words. It's quite the title for the latest book by Kevin Swanson,...more
Taryn Raulston
I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say that our American culture is falling apart because "they took prayer out of the schools". But the reality is that's just a side-effect of the 800 hundred years of shifting in philosophical thinking from a Christian worldview to a Humanist world view. Kevin Swanson, author of Apostate: The Men who Destroyed the Christian West has done the extensive research to show how men of great influence have left us with such a depraved culture.

From Thoma...more
Veronica
This is a fascinating book that examines the men who are responsible for the decline of Christian influence on western civilization. These men were raised in the Christian faith or were at least familiar with it, but rebelled and have caused a profound destructive influence on cultures and countries all over the world. Many of these are considered the "great thinkers," but when you look at their impact, you see the destruction they've brought about. The book is divided into three sections. The f...more
John Wiley
I’m not a very pessimistic person. Perhaps that is why Apostate by Kevin Swanson was hard to swallow. Nevertheless, his recent book is a valuable work that takes into account the general history of apostate philosophers and theologians in the past several hundred years. Swanson begins his survey with Aquinas, travels through history observing the lives and thoughts of men such as John Locke, Rene Descartes, Karl Marx (several others too) in his first section, he then overviews four literary “apo...more
Roger Leonhardt
This book is not your usual Christian book. Here, the author shows us the reason that the world is in the state it is today. Ideas have consequences. Your worldview is demonstrated in how you live you life.

In his intriguing book, Kevin Swanson takes us through the lives of apostate men who have changed our world for the worse. Some of the darkest times in history come from men who have rejected God. When they reject God, they also reject His law. In rejecting His law, they turn everything good i...more
Jeanie
This is a difficult book to read because I think most of us that read it will realize that we may not be living in the reality of God's word. Swanson gives the reader warning that this is a difficult read, however, I think it explains how the apostate has occurred in the church and in the western world. It was a gradual decline, however, in some genres, it has taken a nose dive. In our education is one that surprised me. He explains very well that our education is now set up for secular and our...more
Brad
'Apostate' is a timely book that does a very good job of "surveying" the demise of Western culture over the last millennium.
The reader will be challenged to consider a number of individuals who have been lauded for their societal contributions - and determine if those additions have truly benefitted mankind.
I did not agree with everything contained in the book (which is what makes for great discussions). My disagreements were primarily in the area of economics - and the premise that fiat curre...more
Timothy Carr
A good book, definitely worth reading. The author takes a look at men who have most influenced modern America and shows the corrupting influence of their Anti-Christian worldviews. Swanson is courageous in his writing, and boldly calls christians to come out from the world and be seperate. I wish some of the chapters could have been developed a bit more, and he is prone to the occasional over-statement. Still yet, it's a fine book that deserves wide reading.
Ralph
Jul 09, 2013 Ralph added it
Highly recommend reading this book to understand the root causes (and the apostasy of the ax wielders that hacked at the roots) of the decline and eventual fall of Western Civilization. I recognized a lot of the influence authors like Hawthorne, Twain, and Hemingway had on me. I also resonate with being part of the mindless media-saturated entertained-to-death pop culture that seeks to stop thinking (a-musement). This book fully educates the reader as to the nature of the enemy and the attacks h...more
Elissa Kroeger
A book that makes you THINK!! The world needs more thinking.
Matthew Corbitt
Very interesting.
Peter Narloch
New insight for me in the 'great' writers of history. Used this book for a morning men's group discussion.
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