In the aftermath of World War II, the United States stood at
a precipice. The forces of modernity unleashed by the war had led to
astonishing advances in daily life, but technology and mass culture also
threatened to erode the country’s traditional moral character. As award-winning
historian George M. Marsden explains in The Twilight of the American
Enlightenment, postwar Americans looked to the country’s secular liberal
elites for guidance in this precarious time, but these intellectuals proved
unable to articulate a coherent common cause by which America could chart its
course. Their failure lost them the faith of their constituents, paving the way
for a Christian revival that offered America a firm new moral vision—one rooted
in the Protestant values of the founders.
A groundbreaking reappraisal of the country’s spiritual
reawakening, The Twilight of the American Enlightenment shows how
America found new purpose at the dawn of the Cold War. Download and start listening now!