The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great
America has a God-shaped hole in its heart, argues New 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 deba...more
In these turbulent times we are often hyper-focused on the "right now"; this book in my opinion helps us u ...more
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
Let me say up front that I'm not in blanket agreement with everything in this book... That said I wish I could simply get everyone to read it thoughtfully. It is not the most valuable book you'll ever read. It is not the most insightful book you'll ever read. It is however a well written book that deals with ideas and facts that need to be considered. There are simple facts here that few are aware of...today.
I have so often reviewed bo ...more
He managed to write an entire book without once arguing for his premise: that Judeo-Christian is the best, most rational, and ethical system to use for meaning and society.
He spent the entire book dismissing every other position as foolish and never said why or why his viewpoint is better. Very bizarre.
This book presents an extremely important premise. Western civilization, which is built of Greek reason and Judeo-Christian values, is one of a kind. It brought us several core beliefs which eventually led to the foundation and the success of the United States. Losing thos ...more
Shapiro clumsily argues that the abandonment of the Judeo-Christian tradition is the root of an existential, spiritual crisis in America (a popular narrative among conservatives). To Shapiro, the lack of spiritual meaning or moral purpose in our lives results in a slew of modern da ...more
Ben Shapiro leveraged his status as a precocious right-wing firebrand into a media empire. Shapiro is an honest seeker of objective truth that, whaddya know, completely accords with his position. Proud owner of a webpage where he disowns his previous articles of absolute truth, Shapiro replaces them with new articles of absolute truth. He recently melt ...more
This book reminded me of Julian von Abele who rose ...more
Because preconceived personal beliefs don't really make for an interesting review of another person's nonfiction writing, do they?
Anyway, this book is just stellar. The amount of quotes that made me sit and really think is crazy! I can tell he really put a lot of time and effort into his research. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes learning about Western philosophy ...more
With only 200 pages, Ben Shapiro summarizes the history of Western philosophy in a thrilling and exciting fashion that makes you want to keep reading. He masterfully boils down each philosopher to the root of their ideas, explains its impact in the culture at that time and how each new philosophy led into the the next step of history.
He makes a compelling case for what we have lost in culture and gives clear and concise steps for us to take action on that will move us as a so ...more
But he doesn't even bother to investigate and understand what life is really like for women, for people who don't live in the USA, for people who deal with mental health issues, or for people with any other quality that doesn't align with being a financially-safe, white ...more
The main thesis of the book is this: “There can be no individual or communal moral purpose without a foundation of divine meaning. There can be no individual capacity or communal capacity without a constant, abiding belief in the nature of our reason. The history of the West is built on the interplay between these two pillars - divine meaning and reason.”
Some who are not religious might dismiss the book entirely and argue that reason alone is sufficient for a good and happy society. To me, wheth ...more
You can feel Ben's impotent rage bubbling beneath the surface of everything he writes. At best I'd say Ben is a scared, close-minded man who can't conceive of life experiences ...more
Shapiro's treatment of "Athens" and "Jerusalem" are at best oversimplifications. In particular, his analysis of the Hebrew Bible and the emergence of Christianity were poor. To argue that Christianity is fundamentally an attempt to marry Greek philosophy ...more
Looking at this with my theological cap on, I have two complaints. One, I disagree with his interpretation of the Abraham sacrificing Isaac story. Two, looking at it from a Law & Gospel lens, the whole thing is only law. It’s about constantly striving toward a moral purpose. ...more
nimble people to debate. His quick witted and thoughtful responses are interesting to watch weather you agree or not. This is the Spairo I was expecting to read. Instead I got a decent book about Judeo-Christian society and its norms. Again not what I expected.
I applaud Shapiro on his faith and the decisions he makes regar ...more
His columns are printed in major newspapers and websites including ...more