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The New Puritans: How Identity Politics and Social Justice Became the Dominant Religion of Our Time

Andrew Doyle

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By analysing Social Justice in terms of a religious cult, The New Puritans seeks to render its complexities more accessible. Only by understanding the inherently regressive and illiberal nature of this movement might it be effectively resisted.

In the mid-seventeenth century, puritans descended on churches across the United Kingdom and destroyed paintings, statues, stained glass, and any other images that offended their sensibilities. They were not interested in debate. They knew best.

We are now in the midst of another cultural revolution led by the new puritans. An atmosphere of conformity has arisen and millions are afraid to speak out. Many have started to refer to it as 'the religion of social justice', a largely well-intentioned movement that nonetheless promotes division and threatens to undermine all the progress made since the civil rights movements of the 1960s. This book is for those who feel silenced, who are worried that if they raise objections to these rapid changes they risk losing their livelihoods and reputations.
This is a book written more in sorrow than in anger. It is not about left versus right, but an appeal to those of us who still believe in the values of a liberal democracy. Those in power have blindly accepted the tenets of this new identity-obsessed religion of social justice, without understanding its illiberal and divisive implications. In a time of such uncertainty, when so many are feeling too intimidated to speak their minds, we have to find a way to reinstate the importance of dialogue.

To stand up to these new puritans, we need to understand where they have come from, what it is they hope to achieve, and where we go from here. This book is Andrew Doyle's attempt to answer these questions in the spirit of optimism and understanding.

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