Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society

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America’s two greatest strengths—her liberal democratic culture and her free-market economy—have made her a global superpower. But left unchecked, these two strengths can become great cultural weaknesses, sowing selfishness, recklessness, and apathy. In Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society, theologian R. R. Reno argues that America needs a renewal of Christian ideals—ideals that encourage self-sacrifice, responsibility, and solidarity. Drawing on T.S. Eliot’s 1940 essay The Idea of a Christian Society,” Reno shows how Christianity encourages an abiding ambition for higher things” and a moral vision” that can strengthen communities and transform America into a truly great nation.

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In America today, is a Christian society possible? Is it even desirable?

Yes and yes, says R. R. Reno, editor of First Things and one of America’s leading scholars of religion and politics. In fact, he warns, without a restoration of America as a Christian society, our culture will rapidly descend into an unhappy, shallow, lawless, and brutal place, divided more than ever between rich and poor and vulnerable to elite demagogues.

Taking his cue from T. S. Eliot’s famous essay The Idea of a Christian Society, Reno looks at how Christianity has been unseated as America’s moral centerpoint and the terrible price we have paid.

In Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society, you’ll learn:

Why America’s growing underclass is the direct result of America’s receding faith

How secular liberalism inevitably divides society into a super-successful elite and the dysfunctional and dependent many

Why government will continue to take over more and more of our lives unless Christianity’s public influence is restored

Why humane values we take for granted will no longer hold sway in a dechristianized society

The truth about the American Dream what it really is and how it can be redeemed

Reno's bracing analysis is no counsel of despair, but rather a call to courage and action. America was once and needs to be again a Christian society; and this book is the first step to understanding how to make it happen.

About the Author:

R. R. RENO, the editor of First Things, America’s leading journal of religion and public life, grew up in Maryland and attended Haverford College. After earning his doctorate in religious studies from Yale, he taught theology at Creighton University for twenty years. His previous books include In the Ruins of the Church, Fighting the Noonday Devil, and various scholarly works. He lives with his wife in New York City.

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