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 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 C

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  • Title: Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World
  • Author: Charles J. Chaput
  • ISBN: 9781627796743
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 CatholA 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.

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    1. This is a self-help book. I don’t mean it’s to be found in the bookstore under the sign “Self-Help,” where people gather to remake their lives by unlocking the secret of costless auto-regeneration. Rather, this is a self-help book because it, like the famous Kitchener poster, points at the reader and says, “You—there is a problem, and you are the solution.” Of course, since the author, Charles Chaput, is a bishop (and an archbishop at that), and this is not Pelagianism, the reader [...]

    2. We've spoken frankly so far about the American landscape as we now know it. Some of the words have been difficult. But candor is not an enemy of love. And real hope begins in honesty.The current spirit of our country inclines us to be troubled. It's a sensible temptation. How can any one person or small group of people make a difference? How can we change and renew things so that our children grow up in a better world? We come back to a question suggested at the start of this book: How can we li [...]

    3. I'm grateful to have received an Early Reader copy of this book. As a progressive Protestant, I'm perhaps not the target audience of this book, but the blurb sounded interesting: " empowering guide to how Christians - and particularly Catholics - can live their faith vigorously, with confidence and hope, in a post Christian public square." It's one of the odder reading experiences I've had in the last year - I found myself alternately, paragraph by paragraph, weaving between strong agreement and [...]

    4. I didn’t give this book a high rating and I expected to do so. Here’s what you need to know about me: (1) I love books on spirituality and (2) I hate to read political text. I became a Catholic last year so I’m fascinated with books about Catholicism. I anticipated that this book would be heavy on the “living the Catholic faith” and light on the “post-Christian world.” Wrong. The author is taking wild swings at all the usual bugaboos in our world. “Seems to me I’ve heard this s [...]

    5. Learned a lot esp. from the first half of the book which covered history and explained how we got to where we are in our culture -- the anti-Catholic, anti-Christian sentiment that pervades much of society (US-centric, but can apply to many parts of the world as well). The next half isn't as helpful in that there was little in the way of real, concrete suggestions we could implement, though I would hazard a guess that many who read this book already have an idea of what to do and/or they're alre [...]

    6. A good read - if you follow me on Twitter (@david_shane) I did tweet many snips from it as I went, a sort of endorsement on my part! Chaput at his best at the beginning of the book when he's doing cultural and historical analysis and toward the end when he is emphasizing the importance of beauty as someone much more comfortable in the land of "argument", in the classical sense, myself, it is good for me to keep in mind that mere argument is quite an ineffective way to move anybody when it comes [...]

    7. The present complexities explained in a straightforward wayArchbishop Chaput has a very good knack for packaging complex realities into ways that are easy to understand. We sense the problems around us, but Chaput elevates the discussion in this book in a rational and organized way. At times he is hard-hitting, yet charitable. He doesn't just detail the challenges facing believers in contemporary times and leave us down; he offers practical guidance and hope. Strangers in a Strange Land had me q [...]

    8. Catholics should read this. Even if you are not Catholic, it's a thought provoking read. I was especially impressed by the explanation of why relativism (what may be right for you may not be right for me) is doomed to failure. I was also impressed by the argument that socialism leads to a loss of freedom and that government restrictions on religion is a loss of freedom of expression that leads to undesirable ends.The first half of the book paints a hopeless picture of the attack Christianity is [...]

    9. So much to unpack in this book. I need to sit with it a few days. Before I can even begin to process my thoughts.Good though, so good.

    10. Although I am not a Roman Catholic, I have long been interested in Charles Chaput. I first learned of him when he was Archbishop in Denver—hearing him on a few radio interviews. I was deeply impressed. Chaput consistently lays out the case for a moral order that, while caricatured as “conservative” in the terms of our politics, is deeply humane, and not tied to the agenda of any political party. He was always articulate, never strident, and came across as thoughtful, caring, and good humor [...]

    11. I really enjoyed Chaput's book. I thought it was very well written and his theology was very interesting and compelling. His theory is that Western Society as a whole is on the decline due to the systematic silencing and elimination of morals and God. Our democratic government has stepped up to replace God in our lives, and we have been very passive and complicit in this transformation of respect and power. Why? Chaput basically argues that we have allowed this because we are selfish and can't s [...]

    12. Chaput delivers an impassioned critique of American culture, but he does manage to maintain a hopeful and thoughtful tone throughout. The first half of the book builds a case for the religious foundations of American culture, though Chaput is much more well-researched and balanced in his account of this than many conservative thinkers. The second half reads like a series of sermons written to instill hope in Christians who find themselves in this "post-Christian" country.Chaput is unabashedly co [...]

    13. I read a blog post from Firstthings where I remember reading about this book (Strangers in a strange land) I ordered it on amazon and read it within the month, and what a phenomenal read it turned out to be! Charles J. Chaput has a firm grounding of reality and isn't afraid to speak the truth in a post-truth climate. He is able to meld politics with religion and history with contemporary cultural issues all at the same time and yet still come out on the other side all in one piece.I especially e [...]

    14. This book is going to be and easier read for the religious or the religiously inclined. For that audience however, particularly those that are Catholic, this is a good to great book. Least convincing or better stated, original, is Chaput's survey of the current state of moral order in America. Where Chaput hits his stride is when he challenges his readers by reminding them what it means to be a Catholic. He takes a different tack than Rob Dreher on how to face up to the challenge of facing a soc [...]

    15. The sort of book that I would read and then put aside to think about it before reading more. There were some pieces of this that I didn't agree with but I believe there's something to be said for reading and trying to understand perspectives that aren't your own. I did however agree with most of the author's point which seemed to be that when you leave God out of your world, chaos starts to reign. He started by looking at America's history and pointing out the influence of God and Christianity a [...]

    16. Along the same lines as Mary Eberstadt's book on what can we Christians of in this world of secular atheism? Archbishop Chaput gives an excellent account go how we got to this place where relativism rules - if you think you're a male, when your physical characteristics say otherwise, you're correct. Archbishop Chaput is dismayed at the state's ongoing push to nudge aside religious rights. He insists that these rights come from God, not the state and that we need a full-throated defense. And we c [...]

    17. Strangers is an incredible exhortation on Christianity and modern American culture. It starts with a historical primer on the first amendment and colonial history in order to provide proper context in his later arguments of how many of the recent legislation and Supreme Court decisions are inconsistent with precedent. What follows is a combination of scripture-based and common-sense analysis of where current law and social leanings may be mistaken or ill-concieved. It ends, as it should, with ho [...]

    18. A Pep Talk for CatholicsThis is a thoughtful reflection on how Catholics should try to live in the modern world. It is more descriptive than prescriptive, more encouraging than directing. The bishop offers a critique of the "Benedict Option" though he does not specifically refer to it. His point is that it is unwise to think that the secular culture will leave retreating Catholics alone. Rather he argues, convincingly to me, that Catholics will be persecuted with a vengeance because they still g [...]

    19. Great book defending and explaining historical Christian DoctrineChaput explains Christian Theology in a simple practical manner that draws from the Bible, history, and tradition giving modern people a roadmap to living abundantly in the modern world. A couple pull quotes"Evil cannot abide it's critics. Evil doesn't seek to be tolerated, it seeks to be vindicated. Evil demands to be seen as right." "True radicalism can be found in the demands of Christian life. The Christian "Rules for Radicals" [...]

    20. Archbishop Chaput examines the problems the Catholic Church faces in the United States and offers possible solutions to guide the Church in the future.CommentsThis is not a book of devotions or prayers. The fist half of the book is a look at the challenges that the Catholic Church faces t Marin oday's society and culture in the United States. The second half is more useful because Archbishop Chaput gives thought-provoking suggestions into the direction of the Church in the future. Readers of boo [...]

    21. There are several things that set this book apart. It is written by a Christian leader who is not an evangelical. It therefore has insight, wisdom, understanding and pretty high quality Christianity. It is also informed by history throughout, and aptly so, not in a clumsy or superficial way. It is, moreover, characterized by a good breadth of well-digested reading. He taught me things I had not noticed about books that I have read.It is a remarkable book about living as a Christian in a world in [...]

    22. He's always worth reading. I think "newcomers" (to the Archbishop) might actually get more out of this book than what I am reluctant to call his fans, like me, since the ideas are perennial so we old-timers are more familiar with them. He's not taking on many so-called culture war issues in detail, at least that I remember, since I am a slow reader in general and took a few months to finish this.

    23. The Catholic church has alot of baggage. As a lifelong Protestantwell, I find myself agreeing with some of their teachings; and, soundly rejecting others. Nevertheless, Archbishop Chaput's humility, logic, loving kindness and sacred admonishments were a Joy and a Privilege to read. I highly recommend this goodread to all Christians, regardless of their church membership.

    24. You have questions about today's American culture and society whether you are a Catholic, a Protestant, or other. Archbishop Chaput has insight and shares carefully collected wisdom from tremendous thinkers, scholars, and laypeople past and present. Read this thought-provoking analysis. Happy reading!

    25. I didn't finish it because there was too much overlap with Esolen and Dreher. That isn't to say that Chaput doesn't have a particular voice; it's just not one that was sufficiently distinctive from Esolen and Dreher for me to continue listening to so shortly after reading both of their latest works on what a "Christian" response to our current cultural situation should look like.

    26. Endowed by our Creator. True. The founders looked to Rome, the bible, the enlightenment and English common law: great. But in the end, it's still a government by and for the people. If they want the "transactional" rather than "transcendence" let them reap what they sow. A product of it's time or a prescient warning of the future? We'll see.

    27. I loved it. It made me uncomfortable because I agreed with everything he said, and then found myself realizing how far I fall short of what we are called to be. I need to re-read this in the near future in order to digest everything properly - there is a lot to think about in what he says.

    28. It's a really concise and easily read treatise on what is wrong and how it got that way. It is also very informative about what I can do as a Christian and also what I will face because I will live counter to our current society. I recommend it to everyone.

    29. Excellent!A must read for any Christian who feels spiritually alienated in today's society but has trouble understanding why. Archbishop Chaput brings clarity and wisdom to the question, articulating a realistic "why" and offering constructive encouragement for the journey ahead.

    30. Chaput's is an adroit observer of our times that writes with engaging and exciting prose. No matter your religious affiliation, Chaput presents earnest and timely concerns, but also clear explanations of how we got here and some encouragement as we live out our lives.

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