Carl R. Trueman

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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.

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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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Down Goes Roe

Carl R. Trueman

And with it, a classic statement of expressive individualism.

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WORLD Opinions / July 5, 2022

Tom Hanks Gets Empathy Wrong

Carl R. Trueman

Yet in declaring that it is inappropriate for a straight actor to play a gay man on screen, Hanks negates the importance of the shared humanity that makes him empathetic in the first place.

First Things / June 23, 2022

The Culture of Sentimentality

Carl R. Trueman

Sentiment, rather than clear thinking, tends to guide so much of our ethical debate today.

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WORLD Opinions / June 21, 2022

Queer Nation is No Nation at All

Carl R. Trueman

For a flag to be a powerful, sacred symbol of unity and purpose, it has to symbolize a real common sense of unity.

Articles

First Things / June 9, 2022

Welcome to Pride Month, Christian

Carl R. Trueman

Social justice demands our opposition to its celebration and symbols

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WORLD Opinions / June 2, 2022

Is God a Therapist?

Carl R. Trueman

Only as we bow in awe before such the Triune God of glory will our present sufferings seem but light and momentary. Only then will holiness be the obvious mark of the church.

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First Things / May 26, 2022

The War Over Parental Rights Has Begun

Carl R. Trueman

Mom and Dad shouldn’t have to compete with the state for ownership of their children

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WORLD Opinions / May 24, 2022

Running Towards Gomorrah

Carl R. Trueman

Sojourners’ endorsement of secular sexual morality

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WORLD Opinions / May 12, 2022

Why Pro-Abortion Activists Desecrate Churches

Carl R. Trueman

While threats to disrupt worship en masse and even burn the sacramental elements seem to be overblown so far, the backlash against religion is surely a sign of the times.

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First Things / May 12, 2022

Baylor University Charters LGBTQ Group

Carl R. Trueman

The ineluctable pull of the culture is leftward at this point.

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First Things / April 28, 2022

The rise of “self” and the triumph of transgenderism

Carl R. Trueman

Our age will go down in history as one marked by the most barbaric moral delinquency of adults, whose role should be to protect vulnerable children, not inculcate and then indulge their destructive delusions.

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Catholic World Report / April 21, 2022

Rowan Williams and Our Sentimental Age

Carl R. Trueman

The recent letter to Boris Johnson from a number of British religious leaders is an example of how sentimental mush has come to replace careful moral reasoning in the minds of so many.

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First Things / April 14, 2022