“Many of us have heard of J.D. Unwin’s classic study of 86 societies throughout history, ‘Sex and Culture.’ In it he demonstrated that the Biblical family was essential to human and societal flourishing — and that cultures that departed from it ultimately doomed themselves. Dr. Zimmerman’s study plows the same furrow even deeper and is aided by more recent scholarship. Apologists for revising the definition of marriage and family hate this book, which is just another reason why thinking Christians need to read and absorb its key ideas.” Eric Holmberg, The Apologetics Group
Family and Civilization is the magnum opus of Carle Zimmerman, a distinguished sociologist who taught for many years at Harvard University. In this unjustly forgotten work Zimmerman demonstrates the close and causal connections between the rise and fall of different types of families and the rise and fall of civilizations, particularly ancient Greece and Rome, medieval and modern Europe, and the United States. Zimmerman traces the evolution of family structure from tribes and clans to extended and large nuclear families to the small nuclear families and broken families of today. And he shows the consequences of each structure for the bearing and rearing of children; for religion, law, and everyday life; and for the fate of civilization itself.
Originally published in 1947, this compelling analysis predicted many of today’s cultural and social controversies and trends, including youth violence and depression, abortion and homosexuality, the demographic collapse of Europe and of the West more generally, and the displacement of peoples. This new edition, part of ISI Books’ Background series, has been edited and abridged by cultural commentator James Kurth of Swarthmore College and includes essays on the text by Kurth, Allan Carlson, and Bryce Christensen.
- Paperback: 425 pages
- Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 2nd abridged edition edition (January 25, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933859377