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What’s fascinating about Douglas Murray and his book The Madness of Crowds is that, although he is openly gay and not a practicing Christian, his observations about the diabolical imposition of the new morality and metaphysics of identity, gender, and sexuality — and their Marxist undercurrents — resonate with the concerns of Christians. Although clearly not a Christian book, The Madness of Crowds a must-read for Christians because it demonstrates just how far the cultural madness has progressed!
From the Inside Cover
Murray examines the twenty-first century’s most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology, and race. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools, and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics, and intersectionality. We are living through a postmodern era in which the grand narratives of religion and political ideology have collapsed. In their place have emerged a crusading desire to right perceived wrongs and a weaponization of identity.
Contradictory Settlements and Impossible Demands That Cannot Be Met
“A woman must be allowed to be as sexy and sexual as she pleases, but she must not be sexualized.”
“Allegations of abuse are indeed always to be taken seriously, unless the victim is a man or the accused is a professor of feminist literary theory.”
“One precept not just of feminism but of any decent, civilized society, is that men should not hit or beat up women. And then the world turns its face away from the discovery that in a variety of contact sports people who were born men are now regularly beating women to the ground.”
“The metaphysics that a new generation is imbibing and everyone else is being force-fed has many points of instability, is grounded in a desire to express certainty about things we do not know, and to be wildly dismissive and relativistic about things that we actually do know. The foundations are that anyone might become gay, women might be better than men, people can become white but not black, and anyone can change sex. That anyone who doesn’t fit into this is an oppressor. And that absolutely everything should be made political.”
Sow Doubt, Division, Animosity, and Fear
“It is a curiosity of the age that, after the situation appears at the very least to be better than it ever was, it is presented as though it has never been worse.”
“The aim of the social justice campaigners has consistently been to take each issue — gay, women, race, trans — that they can present as a rights grievance and make their case at its most inflammatory. Their desire is not to heal but to divide, not to placate but to inflame, not to dampen but to burn. In this the last part of a Marxist substructure can be glimpsed. If you cannot rule a society — or pretend to rule it, or try to rule it and collapse everything — then you can do something else. In a society that is alive to its faults, and though imperfect remains a better option than anything else on offer, you sow doubt, division, animosity, and fear.”