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The Unbroken Thread

Discover the Wisdom of Tradition in the Age of Chaos [Hardback]

by Sohrab Ahmari

An antidote to the chaos of the world right now, New York Post op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari turns to the past for guiding principles to steer society in a more moral direction.

  • For Christians looking for the meaning in society

  • Sohrab Ahmari looks to the past for broad moral guidance

  • You'll find old ways of living in the new world

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    Sohrab Ahmari

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    John Murray Press

  • Published

    June 2021

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We've pursued and achieved the modern dream of defining ourselves - but at what cost? The influential New York Post op-ed editor makes a compelling case for the modern person to seek the inherited traditions and ideals that give our lives meaning.

As a young father and a self-proclaimed 'radically assimilated immigrant' opinion editor Sohrab Ahmari realised that when it comes to morals and principles he'd want his son to inherit, today's America comes up short. For millennia, the world's great moral and religious traditions taught that true happiness lies in pursuing virtue - and accepting limits. But now, free from these stubborn traditions, we all exercise some degree of liberty to live the way we think is most optimal - or, more often than not, merely the easiest. All that remains are the fickle desires that a wealthy, technologically advanced society is equipped to fulfill.

In response to this crisis, Ahmari offers twelve questions for us to grapple with - twelve timeless, fundamental queries that challenge our modern certainties. Among them: Is God reasonable? What is freedom? What do we owe our parents, our bodies, each other? Drawing on historical and contemporary figures from Saint Augustine to Howard Thurman to Abraham Joshua Heschel, he invites us to consider the hidden beliefs that drive our behaviour, and in so doing, recapture a more human way of living in a world that has lost its way.

A Note on Scripture


Part I: The Things of God

Question One: How Do You Justify Your Life?

Question Two: Is God Reasonable?

Question Three: Why Would God Want You to Take a Day Off?

Question Four: Can You Be Spiritual Without Being Religious?

Question Five: Does God Respect You?

Question Six: Does God Need Politics?

Part II: The Things of Humankind

Question Seven: How Must You Serve Your Parents?

Question Eight: Should You Think for Yourself?

Question Nine: What Is Freedom For?

Question Ten: Is Sex a Private Matter?

Question Eleven: What Do You Owe Your Body?

Question Twelve: What’s Good about Death?

Conclusion: A Letter to Maximilian




Sohrab Ahmari is the op-ed editor of the New York Post and a contributing editor of the Catholic Herald. Previously, he served as a columnist and editor with the Wall Street Journal opinion pages in New York and London, and as senior writer at Commentary magazine. In addition to those outlets, his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Weekly Standard, First Things, Dissent and America. He has testified before the British Parliament and appears regularly on broadcast media on both sides of the Atlantic, including the BBC, Sky News, France 24, Deutsche Welle, EWTN, and Fox News.


  • Author

    Sohrab Ahmari

  • Book Format


  • Publisher

    John Murray Press

  • Published

    June 2021

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  • Dimensions

    156 x 236 x 34 mm

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  • Author/Creator: Sohrab Ahmari

  • ISBN: 9781529364507

  • Publisher: John Murray Press

  • Release Date: June 2021

  • Weight: 520g

  • Dimensions: 156 x 236 x 34 mm

  • Eden Code: 5304446

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