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Goodre helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book. Unreal City: a zany cartoon megalopolis where towers are built of cotton candy, facts scatter like pixie dust, and the truth is whatever you feel it to be. And it's no fantasy. It's where we live.
We believe in un-being. This hilarious guide to a culture gone mad with sex and self-care minces no words and spares no egos. We the people of Unreal City are no better, and certainly no smarter, than our fathers. But fear not. Sex and the Unreal City insists there's no need to settle down in the ninth circle of unreal sex. Esolen lights a torch and he up the well-trod path back to our cleaner, kinder, truer homeland: earth. Along the way, the author sings the songs of masters somehow long forgotten—Shakespeare, Dante, Milton, the evangelists—and asks us to chant along.
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Sort order. Dec 07, Jon Anderson added it. Jan 18, Bilbo rated it really liked it. My thoughts about what this might be about when I purchased this book was something about the unreality of pornography intersecting with the unreality in Gnostic or Docetic thought, maybe referencing the "Matrix Trilogy".
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Not quite. It is more about the debased, withering of man or "nihilism with a gloss of sweet sentimentality" pg. "I am my own light", sa My thoughts about what this might be about when I purchased this book was something about the unreality of pornography intersecting with the unreality in Gnostic or Docetic thought, maybe referencing the "Matrix Trilogy". "I am my own light", says the liar, and he shuts his eyes, and dances towards what is not there.
Truth is lost in this progressive "utopia" that the intelligentsia want to force us to bow our knee to. But it brings death. Maybe physical death to Christians but more tragic is the death of everything that is good, right, pure, noble for the man or woman who embraces the Lie. Beauty is gone. Sex as an act is meaningless. Sex as identity politics brings with it its own death, its own unreality. One of the characters in C. Lewis 'The Great Divorce' as he embraces the Lie gets more and more self centered and sinfully set in his unreality and as he does so he gets smaller and unreal sex and smaller as if he's being irrelevant and useless.
That is what sin does; it prepares us to be thrown in the fire. But I would be giving the wrong impression of this book if it was only saddening and heavy. It is filled with wit and wisdom and the last chapter ends with, of course, the historic Christian answer.
If references give a picture of a book, Esolen engages with Shakespeare, C. Lewis, G. Chesterton, Eric Voegelin, J. I long for the truth, and the truth brings me peace. Jun 29, Mike Fendrich rated it it was amazing. Anthony Esolen is one of the most cogent, thoughtful and sometimes snarky commentators of the absurdity we call western unreal sex now.
In "Sex and the Unreal City", Dr. Esolen exposes us for what we are; stumbling through unreal lives with unreal expectations and very real lies that we live by. Because I am an historically orthodox, confessional Protestant, I have theological differences with Dr. Esolen, but that does not deter from the insights and wisdom of this book and his other writin Anthony Esolen is one of the most cogent, thoughtful and sometimes snarky commentators of the absurdity we call western civilization now.
Esolen, but that does not deter from the insights and wisdom of this book and his other writings. I think this is the fifth or sixth book of his that I have read and have found each to be a treasure trove of thoughtful wisdom that is not afraid to look in the mirror to discover who we individually and corporately are. We believe lies and live in an unreal, non-sustainable context that will come crashing down. And we love it so. Esolen, thank you for unreal sex another gift.
May people read and contemplate this book, stop, take a breath, and look for the sure and certain reality. Jesus is Risen and is returning. The creation screams this and we stick our fingers in our ears and say we are wise. But the fool says there is no God. Read this book. Sola Scriptura There is its homeland; there is its joy.
I do not long for a happy feeling, so that I then can call it truth. Esolen is an amazing man with an amazing soul and testimony.
The author tackles many controversial subjects that we deal with in our current day and age, and does so with unapologetic boldness, rooted in truth and courage. I loved his ability to stand by the laws of God and not the laws of man.
Esolen as this one was just so excellent and so thought provoking. Definitely recommend! View 1 comment.