Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World

Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World

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Book Summary:

A vivid critique of American life today and a guide to how Christians―and particularly Catholics--can live their faith vigorously, and even with hope, in a post-Christian public square.

From Charles J. Chaput, author of Living the Catholic Faith and Render unto Caesar comes Strangers in a Strange Land, a fresh, urgent, and ultimately hopeful treatise on the state of Catholicism and Christianity in the United States. America today is different in kind, not just in degree, from the past. And this new reality is unlikely to be reversed. The reasons include, but aren't limited to, economic changes that widen the gulf between rich and poor; problems in the content and execution of the education system; the decline of traditional religious belief among young people; the shift from organized religion among adults to unbelief or individualized spiritualities; changes in legal theory and erosion in respect for civil and natural law; significant demographic shifts; profound new patterns in sexual behavior and identity; the growth of federal power and its disregard for religious rights; the growing isolation and elitism of the leadership classes; and the decline of a sustaining sense of family and community.

Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World
5 Stars Lucid, Sobering Analysis
on February 21, 2017
Archbishop Chaput has written a lucid, sobering analysis of present day America's breakdown in moral consensus and the challenge it presents not only to Catholics but to ethically serious persons of all persuasions. The solutions he offers--personal spiritual renewal and a return to the best faith-based elements of the nation's imperiled moral consensus--are at once provocative and inspiring. This is an important book, to be read, discussed, and acted upon.
Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World
5 Stars A masterful synthesis of wisdom through the ages and how it can help us now
on February 21, 2017
This is a thought provoking, serious consideration of contemporary culture. Archbishop Chaput is a learned, intellectually curious man of the Church and in this book he insightfully guides us through the technological, cultural, social, and political factors that explain this "strange land" and why Catholics and Christians are sometimes "strangers" in it. Drawing on an abundance of sources to illuminate and analyze current issues, he successfully synthesizes the vast reading of a holy and wise man. The endnotes illustrate the incredible breadth of sources for his observations and prescriptions -- from de Tocqueville, John Milton, Alasdair MacIntyre, and L Frank Baum from the Wizard of Oz through Leszek Kolakowski, Roger Scruton, Arthur Koestler, Robert Barron, Saul Alinsky, the Sermon on the Mount, Benedict XVI, St Augustine, and thinkers through the centuries. This vast array of wisdom from an eclectic group is presented in such an accessible way that it can't help but leave a mark on a reader who seeks to understand the world and plan for an eternal future. "In the midst of the Church he opened his mouth, and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding and clothed him in a robe of glory." Cf. Sir 15:5
Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World
5 Stars Rich, engaging narrative
on February 21, 2017
Excellent. A rich, engaging narrative packed with abundant observation, reflection, analysis and wisdom. I didn’t want the book to end.