What do you do when an entire civilization is crumbling around you? You do everything. This is a book about how to get started.
Providence College professor Anthony Esolen, blunt and prophetic, makes the case that the decay of Western civilization is alarmingly advanced. Our sickly, sub-pagan state resembles a bombed-out city.
We have to assess the damage, but merely lamenting it does no good. There is work to be done.The first step is the restoration of truth. America's most powerful institutions—including the government—are mass producers of deceit. We have to recognize the lies and clear our minds of cant.
We must love this world, but we have here no abiding city. The great division is between those who place all their hope in the present life and those who know that we are pilgrims. There is no retreat, but take courage—we have our map. Let us begin.
"Reading Anthony Esolen is a bit like a ride on your favorite roller coaster. Out of the Ashes is an astonishing combination of energy, humor, insight, and exceptional erudition, topped off by a vivid personal style and a special gift for tweaking the nose of secularist nonsense-peddlers. If you're looking for a guide to our current cultural predicament (and how to fix it), one that's sobering and invigorating at the same time, start with this book." — Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
"Anthony Esolen is one of our nation's best writers because he's one of our best thinkers. Out of the Ashes is vintage Esolen: eloquent, bold, insightful, profound." — Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation, and author of Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom
"Our culture suffers from many debilitating diseases. Anthony Esolen's voice is a much-needed tonic. Here's hoping America heeds his counsel." — R. R. Reno, editor of First Things and author of Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society