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02-10-2015, 12:03 PM
Admittedly, my reading has waned a lot over the last year or so. But I miss it. There is nothing like having a good book in your hands.

So I ordered this one yesterday. It's supposed to be very good

Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism

Here, in a grand narrative spanning 1,800 years of European history, a distinguished political philosopher firmly rejects Western liberalism’s usual account of itself: its emergence in opposition to religion in the early modern era. Larry Siedentop argues instead that liberal thought is, in its underlying assumptions, the offspring of the Church. Beginning with a moral revolution in the first centuries CE, when notions about equality and human agency were first formulated by St. Paul, Siedentop follows these concepts in Christianity from Augustine to the philosophers and canon lawyers of the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries, and ends with their reemergence in secularism—another of Christianity’s gifts to the West.