Remaking the World

How 1776 Created the Post-Christian West

How 7 Transformational Events in 1776 Paved the Way for Today’s Post-Christian West

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With dizzying social transformations in everything from gender to social justice, it may seem like there’s never been a more tumultuous period in history. But a single year in the late 18th century saw a number of influential transformations—or even revolutions—that changed the social trajectory of the Western world. By understanding how those events influenced today’s cultural landscape, Christians can more effectively bear witness to God’s truth in a post-Christian age.

In Remaking the World, Andrew Wilson highlights 7 major developments from the year 1776—globalization, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, the Great Enrichment, the American Revolution, the rise of post-Christianity, and the dawn of Romanticism—and explains their relevance to social changes happening today.

This thoroughly researched yet accessible book offers a unique historical perspective on modern views of family, government, religion, and morality—giving Christians the historical lens they need to understand today’s post-Christian trends and respond accordingly.

  • Relevant Cultural and Historical Analysis: Skillfully connects key ideas and events from the past to the present 
  • Comprehensive: Examines important developments from 1776, including the American Revolution, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire; James Watt’s steam engine; Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations; and Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason
  • Informative: Covers key historical figures, including John Adams, Edmund Burke, and David Hume
  • Biblical: Equips and encourages readers to share the gospel in a post-Christian world
  • A Great Resource for Pastors, Scholars, and Readers of Carl Trueman’s The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

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    Part One: Changes
    Chapter 1: Roots: The Presence of the Past
    Chapter 2: Quirks: The WEIRDER World
    Part Two: Origins
    Chapter 3: Maps: Becoming Western
    Chapter 4: Patriots: Becoming Democratic
    Chapter 5: Lights: Becoming Educated
    Chapter 6: Skeptics: Becoming Ex-Christian
    Chapter 7: Machines: Becoming Industrialized
    Chapter 8: Lovers: Becoming Romantic
    Chapter 9: Profits: Becoming Rich
    Part Three: Responses
    Chapter 10: Christians: Grace, Freedom, and Truth
    Chapter 11: Opportunities: Possibilities for a Postsecular World

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Contributors Andrew Wilson
ISBN 9781433580536
Format Hardback
First published September 2023
Dimensions 160mm x 235mm x 33mm
Weight 0.70 kg
Language US English
Pages 384
Publisher Crossway

Mark A Noll

Co-editor of A History of Evangelicalism

Andrew Wilson’s book is extraordinary in every way: extraordinary in the breadth of research; extraordinary in the multitude of world-significant events that Wilson identifies for 1776; extraordinary in the depth of his insight on what those events meant (and continue to mean); extraordinary in the verve with which he makes his arguments; and, not least, extraordinary in the persuasive Christian framework in which he sets the book. Remaking the World is a triumph of both creative historical analysis and winsome Christian interpretation.

Karen Swallow Prior

Author of Fierce Convictions—The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist

The eighteenth century is one of the most fascinating and important periods in human history, and in this book, Andrew Wilson shows exactly why. Remaking the World isn’t just a history book, however. It’s a wide-ranging examination and exploration of the past that makes sense of our present and shines a light on the future. Few books offer as compelling, rich, and insightful cultural analysis that covers so much ground as this one. It’s history for history lovers—and for the rest of us.

Andrew T. Walker

Director of Policy Studies, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and author of God and the Transgender Debate.

When Americans see ‘1776’ in the subtitle of a book written by an Englishman, they likely think they know what to expect—an apologia for monarchy. That’s not this book. Instead, Remaking the World offers an insightful and trenchant intellectual history of how the ideas and figures of a single year catapulted us into the present. A book like this should make Christians more discerning and critical about the taken-for-granted assumptions that we all believe are routine but are really the product of forces outside our control. Toward the end, Wilson gives Christians a pathway to witness to a world that thinks it has eclipsed the claims of Christianity but remains unable to explain itself apart from it.

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