Ben Sasse may be a senator, but his new book isn’t about politics. It’s about growing up and it’s called The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance.

In a short conversation with The Bookmonger, Sasse describes the problem of perpetual adolescence, argues that kids need to work, and suggests that this is an area in which conservatives and liberals may be able to find common ground.

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  1. Coolidge

    “Mortality is not natural”. What does that mean?

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    • May 19, 2017 at 10:31 pm
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  2. Member

    Loved the interview – this sounds like a great book and an important conversation to be having in our country. Thanks John.

    • #2
    • May 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm
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  3. Coolidge

    FredGoodhue (View Comment):
    “Mortality is not natural”. What does that mean?

    Ben Sasse was raised Lutheran and is currently Presbyterian, which share a lot of doctrines, in particular, original sin through “Adam’s Fall”. From Romans chap. 15:21 “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die , even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” So, the doctrine is that Adam and Eve were created immortal, but were subject to death on account of disobeying God in eating the so-called forbidden fruit.

    I recently decided to get serious about my health (i.e. “working out”) and have started learning as much as I can about physiology, and I’ve found it remarkable how the body is designed to continually renew itself, and even get stronger as a result of stresses; in fact, cell death exists to protect the organism, sometimes to promote future growth. Even much of the frailty of aging turns out to be due to lifestyle choices. Death seems more and more to be against the nature of human biology.

    Most of the time, we take death as inevitable and even plan for it (we write wills and buy life insurance), but I think deep down, we all feel that it wasn’t supposed to be this way. This I would expect is the point Sen. Sasse was making when he said we need a theological framework to make sense of it.

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    • May 23, 2017 at 7:07 am
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  4. Thatcher

    Dr. Al Mohler had a much longer interview of Sen. Sasse on this book, sans adverts.

    In it he suggested that the title was appropriate for the first third, but that overall a better title might be “The Vanishing America”.

    Just bought the book.

    • #4
    • May 26, 2017 at 9:33 am
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  5. Member

    Sasse 2020!

    • #5
    • June 1, 2017 at 5:36 pm
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