While listening to a podcast interview of Ross Douthat, I was intrigued by his description of this, his most recent book.
The description from Amazon:
The Decadent Society explains what happens when a rich and powerful society ceases advancing—how the combination of wealth and technological proficiency with economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline creates a strange kind of “sustainable decadence,” a civilizational languor that could endure for longer than we think.
Writing for the left-leaning, secularist New York Times, Douthat, himself a Christian conservative, has learned the art of defending a perspective while being keenly aware of the mindset of his audience. He does not write for a Christian audience only; he writes for a thinking audience.
Economics, politics, technology, innovation and advancement throughout history are described and explained in light of the current state of affairs of Western Civilization.
In the last section of this book, Douthat’s Christian perspective is made evident as he suggests religious awakening is one of the only possible remedies for the sustainable decadence our civilization is in.
This book was thoroughly enjoyable, intellectually refreshing, and emotionally sobering all at the same time! As a believer, it was a reminder to keep praying for God to do what He wants to do in our world!