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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
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published 2013 by Generations with Vision
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Jonathan Roberts
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Douglas Wilson
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An absolute must-read.
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing history of how revisionists changed public education in the Western civilization from the sacred revelation of knowledge and understanding to secular human reasoning.
Michael Boling
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
David Schultz
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book gives a helpful survey of the roots of humanism and its evolution to what we know today in the West. I was sharpened by the discussion of the humanist "greats" and how their lives and philosophies have clearly shaped the mainstream culture but ultimately failed miserably at achieving their ideals. I will be more alert to the humanist influence after reading this book.

Minus one star for some unclear/non-specific conclusions at the end of the book and a few questionable predictions and
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mazzou B
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Andrew Howard
Tremendous! Apostate is an absolute must read for anyone who wants to arm themselves with the historical backdrop to the demise of western civilization.
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Kevin Sorensen
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Ross Leavitt
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a really well written book and the topic is obviously well researched and thought out. It’s interesting, unique, and the only reason I don’t rate it any higher is because it felt more like a really long research paper instead of a book. That being said however, I found it to be a really enjoyable research paper! I like how it ends with a seemingly simple but important call to arms.

"If we train our children in knowledge that is rooted in the fear of God, and in the firm hope of the resur
Joshua Horn
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Important book!
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mrs Robin
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We've all heard the saying sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. We teach that to our children in hopes that they'll overlook any negative comments thrown at them. But is there truth to that statement? I say no. Words do hurt. Indeed they do. In Thomas Harvey's Elementary Grammar and Composition book words are defined as, " a syllable, or a combination of syllables, used in the expression of thought." So you see our words are merely our thoughts and if our thoughts a ...more
John Wiley
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Roger Leonhardt
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Taryn Raulston
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
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
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Erika Schanzenbach
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, culture
If I could rate the idea content of this book separately from the presentation, I would have given this book more stars. The history of these men and their philosophies is important, and Swanson's willingness to look at both the ideas of the man as well as the moral life of the man I found to be enlightening.

I did wonder who was the intended audience for this book? From the conclusion it seems that he's trying to call to action Christians who have never thought much about philosophy or culture
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wanted to give this book 5 stars because the thesis was excellent and in my opinion valid as a significant cause for the cultural darkness that's enveloping the world but the author didn't take these heathens as far as he could have based on what's in the historical record in order to prove his thesis.

Swanson could have taken his thesis so much farther as his thesis is valid but his argument could have been stronger. Academia is destroyed because of these demonically influenced scum but the d
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
'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
Marguerite Harrell
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 08, 2013 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
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Kevin Swanson is a husband, father, pastor, radio-host, and national speaker. Kevin is the pastor of Reformation Church in Elizabeth, Colorado (

He also serves as the Director of Generations; a ministry he founded to strengthen Christian families around the country. As a father who wants to leave a godly heritage for his five children, Kevin's passion is to strengthen and en
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“It should make perfect sense that if a man is a personal, self-consciously moral creature, and if a personal creature is made by a personal Creator, then the personal Creator must have a personal interest in the personal creatures He made.” 6 likes
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