"Meic Pearse specializes in asking difficult questions about the most significant issues facing us today--about religions, about politics, and about how cultures and societies come into conflict. . . . This is a challenging, provocative book, with a broad social and historical vision." -- Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies, Pennsylvania State University, author of The Next Christendom
"This book is a serious and stirring call to Christians to reaffirm the central position of their faith. In an age which mistakes nescience for open-mindedness and enforced nihilism for toleration, this call to know, to affirm and to witness deserves a wide audience." -- Roger Scruton, author of The West and the Rest: Globalization and the Terrorist Threat
"This is a passionate, unfashionable and important book, recommended reading for anybody who has begun to suspect that the Western economic and cultural project is unsustainable." -- Richard Chartres, Bishop of London
"This is . . . possibly the best, most intelligent, most humane brief argument that the West, rather than the Rest, needs reform." -- Booklist (starred review), June 1, 2004
"Why do they hate us so much?"
Many in the U.S. are baffled at the hatred and anti-Western sentiment they see on the international news. Why are people around the world so resentful of Western cultural values and ideals?
Historian Meic Pearse unpacks the deep divides between the West and the rest of the world. He shows how many of the underlying assumptions of Western civilization directly oppose and contradict the cultural and religious values of significant people groups. Those in the Third World, Pearse says, "have the sensation that everything they hold dear and sacred is being rolled over by an economic and cultural juggernaut that doesnít even know itís doing it . . . and wouldnít understand why what itís destroying is important or of value."
Pearse's penetrating analysis offers insight into perspectives not often understood in the West, and provides a starting point for intercultural dialogue and rapprochement.