An extended inquiry into the nature of the modern age, as well as an historical, philosophical, and theological analysis of modernity's prospects in the next millennium. This expanded edition includes the original text of The End of the Modern World, as well as the entirety of its explicit sequel, Power and Responsibility. Guardini analyzes modern man's conception of himself in the world, and examines the nature and use of power. It is the principle of individual responsibility that weaves both works into a seamless, comprehensive, and compelling moral statement. Guardini tirelessly argues that human beings are responsible moral agents, possessed of free will and answerable to God and their fellow man.
What They're Saying...
"Guardini's analysis...still has resonance, because many of the problems he diagnoses about modernity have not been overcome. Fears of nuclear destruction and totalitarianism may have abated, but fears about the destruction of the planet's ecology by the forces which the modern age unleashed, and anxiety about the direction of mass society, have grown."
— Times Literary Supplement
"Guardini's book is more than a harsh look at our diseased condition, and quite the opposite of a lament for times past. It is an urgent call to holiness, an inspiring challenge, and an exceptionally important book for a new millennium."
— First Things
"Guardini's book...stands as a fascinating portrait of the modern contradiction..."
— The Chesterton Review
"Much of Guardini's analysis, by now forty years old, is prophetic."
— New Oxford Review