This week on Givers, Doers, & Thinkers, Jeremy speaks with Mary Eberstadt about family breakdown, identity politics, and atheism.
Mary Eberstadt holds the Panula Chair in Christian Culture at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C. and is Senior Research Fellow at the Faith & Reason Institute. She has written many works, including How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization; Adam and Eve after the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution; and Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics.
Jeremy and Mary waste no time jumping straight into the topic of identity, along with the roots of identity politics—where it comes from and why it falls short. Is the sexual revolution really to blame for the weakening of civil society? Mary shares why she believes the current cultural identity crisis was fostered by a breakdown of families and the collapse of religion. Deprived of traditional ways of understanding “winner takes all,” politics destroys the building blocks of true identity. One survival response? Androgenicity. Mary goes on to outline why she believes such drastic cultural evolutions are happening now. She notes the compounding actions and influences that have created the boiling point we are facing today. All of this and more on today’s episode with Mary Eberstadt.
During this week’s practicalities segment, Jeremy hears from Aaron Brown, a managing consultant at American Philanthropic. Aaron shares how to keep development staffs motivated and focused with the highs and lows of fundraising. With year-end fundraising on the horizon, this segment is particularly beneficial!
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