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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Playboy Makes Perversion Woke

Carl R. Trueman

The new woke Playboy will now make sure that its profit margins are built on moral chaos that is inclusive of all, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, age, ability, or zip code.

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First Things / February 3, 2022

Doubting the Naysayers of the American Republic

Carl R. Trueman

Extreme rhetoric about a threat to the U.S. system of government is misplaced and irresponsible.

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WORLD Opinions / February 3, 2022

Religious Freedom Must Be Protected Even from the Religious

Carl R. Trueman

The First Amendment appears to be under assault from the strangest places, including enclaves of Christians and Christian celebrities who believe power is their only hope. Is Jesus’ kingdom of this world after all?

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Acton Institute Powerblog / February 2, 2022

Living in a “Trans” World

Carl R. Trueman

Jordan Peterson sounds the alarm on lowering standards to pacify progressivism.

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WORLD Opinions / January 27, 2022

Why Preaching Is Central to Priesthood

Carl R. Trueman

John Chrysostom’s greatest lesson for the church today is arguably the importance he ascribes to the preached Word in his account of the priesthood and in his own ministry.

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First Things / January 20, 2022

Shall We Cancel the Theologians?

Carl R. Trueman

There is a form of cancel culture emerging within the ranks of Christians. It operates with selective pieties drawn from the wider woke culture and reflects, whether by accident or design, the same self-righteousness that marks the secular world.

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WORLD Opinions / January 13, 2022

The Strange Fate of Hamilton and Harry Potter

Carl R. Trueman

The deeper cause of the shifting morals of popular culture is that our society has no stable framework for moral reasoning. It is therefore doomed to constant volatility.

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First Things / January 13, 2022

Dueling Ideas of Reality

Carl R. Trueman

American disunity goes much deeper than politics.

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WORLD Opinions / December 20, 2021

Linguistic Violence

Carl R. Trueman

Our political polarization and the violence of our public discourse are symptoms of our problem, not the cause thereof.

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First Things / December 17, 2021

Do I Teach at a Woke School?

Carl R. Trueman

The way a Christian school can hold to its beliefs yet give students a good education is to hold faculty to a standard of belief but then ensure that they engage other viewpoints in the classroom, host speakers from a variety of political and philosophical traditions, and encourage students to wrestle honestly with the great ideas and the hard questions of the past and the present.

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Culture War or Cultural Appeasement?

Carl R. Trueman

Our culture’s obsession with identity means that the culture war will demand we take a stand, one way or the other.

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WORLD Opinions / December 2, 2021

Blame It on Luther?

Carl R. Trueman

Did Martin Luther cause modernity? Was it the failure of the medieval papacy? Or was it the printing press and the rise of capitalism? Until such time as we eschew the simplistic blame game and start to think more historically, we are unlikely to move beyond partisan point-scoring.

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First Things / December 2, 2021