Carl R. Trueman

Fellow

Carl R. Trueman is a fellow in EPPC’s Evangelicals in Civic Life Program, where his work focuses on helping civic leaders and policy makers better understand the deep roots of our current cultural malaise. In addition to his scholarship on the intellectual foundations of expressive individualism and the sexual revolution, Trueman is also interested in the origins, rise, and current use of critical theory by progressives. He serves as a professor at Grove City College.

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Carl R. Trueman is a fellow in EPPC’s Evangelicals in Civic Life Program, where his work focuses on helping civic leaders and policy makers better understand the deep roots of our current cultural malaise. In addition to his scholarship on the intellectual foundations of expressive individualism and the sexual revolution, Trueman is also interested in the origins, rise, and current use of critical theory by progressives. He serves as a professor at Grove City College. 

Trueman is the author of the best-selling, award-winning 2020 book The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to the Sexual Revolution. Born and raised in England, Trueman is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge (M.A.) and Aberdeen (Ph.D), and has taught on the faculties of the Universities of Nottingham and Aberdeen before moving to the United States in 2001 to teach at Westminster Theological Seminary (PA). In 2017-18 he was the William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. Since 2018, he has served as a professor at Grove City College in the Calderwood School of Arts and Humanities. 

Trueman’s earlier academic work focused on Reformation and post-Reformation Protestantism, particularly the reception of Martin Luther’s thought in the English context and also the use of late medieval philosophy by seventeenth century Reformed thinkers. More recently, he has studied the rise of modern therapeutic culture, specifically as it shapes popular attitudes to sexual morality, gender identity, and freedom of speech and religion. 

Trueman’s latest book, the best-selling The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, explores the nature of the sexual revolution against the background of the development of expressive individualism. It has been described by Rod Dreher, writing in the Wall Street Journal as “one of the most important religious books of the decade” and by Ben Shapiro as “the most important book of our moment.” A concise version of his argument, Strange New World, is due to be published in February 2022, with a foreword authored by EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson. 

Trueman has published widely, with scholarly articles in books from Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Brill. His commentaries on contemporary issues appear regularly in First Things, where he is a contributing editor, and he has also published in Public Discourse, Deseret News, and Catholic World Report. Trueman has had a longstanding interest in Marxist theory and he is currently working on a book examining the origins of critical theory in the western Marxist tradition of the early twentieth century. 

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The Night I Met Jürgen Moltmann

Carl R. Trueman

The Moltmann I met that night was a learned, kind man, concerned for the poor and the marginalized.

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First Things / June 13, 2024

The fragmenting rainbow

Carl R. Trueman

We must be ready to offer a positive vision to those harmed by LGBTQ lies.

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WORLD Opinions / June 4, 2024

The Reconsecration of Man

Carl R. Trueman

Gratitude lies at the heart of Christianity.

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First Things / May 30, 2024

The Methodist surrender

Carl R. Trueman

The UMC lost sight of what it means to be human.

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WORLD Opinion / May 23, 2024

How Pop Nietzscheanism Masquerades as Christianity

Carl R. Trueman

The Church needs to remain faithful to her appointed task and not become simply an arm of those vying for political power. 

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First Things / May 16, 2024

Methodists Keep Up With the Times

Carl R. Trueman

The UMC opts for the secular culture’s take on sex over traditional Christian orthodoxy.

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Wall Street Journal / May 9, 2024

Why should we have hope?

Carl R. Trueman

There’s only one place to find it when we desperately need it.

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WORLD Opinions / May 7, 2024

‘Soul by Soul’ Review: Men and Women on a Mission

Carl R. Trueman

Christian missionaries in the Middle East leave behind comparative affluence to spread the Gospel in a frequently hostile climate.

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Wall Street Journal / May 2, 2024

What the Pro-Palestinian Campus Protests Are Really About

Carl R. Trueman

This exaltation of youth is simultaneously the exaltation of ignorance and incompetence.

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First Things / May 2, 2024

Culturally respectable racism

Carl R. Trueman

Why aren’t pundits who bashed evangelicals as racists more vocal about rampant anti-Semitism on the left?

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WORLD Opinions / April 29, 2024

The Gateway Drug to Post-Christian Paganism

Carl R. Trueman

One of the striking lacunae on both the right and left wings of the Christian political spectrum is the general absence of any reference to the transcendence of God and the supernatural nature of the church.

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First Things / April 18, 2024

Trumpite Evangelicalism or Bidenist Catholicism?

Carl R. Trueman

Trumpite “evangelicalism” or Biden’s brand of “devout” Catholicism?

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First Things / April 4, 2024