Strangers in a Strange Land

Living the Christian Faith in a Post-Christian World

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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.

Offers 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.

"Smart, incisive, crisply-written, witty, and inspiring. Chaput trenchantly explores what the Church must be and how it must behave within the context of a post-Christian culture. Drawing on figures as diverse as Tocqueville, Newman, Benedict XVI, and the ancient author of the Letter to Diognetus, he argues, not that the Church should withdraw from the world, but that it should function as light and leaven within the world. I would warmly recommend this text to anyone interested in the play between faith and culture."
— Bishop Robert Barron, Author, Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith

p>"Clear-eyed, courageous, unsentimental and driven by real hope, this prophetic book is not only for Catholics, but for all believers who wonder how we're going to get through the unprecedented challenges ahead."
— Rod Dreher, Author, The Benedict Option and How Dante Can Save Your Life

p>"Chaput is an erudite writer, and his work includes a wide array of quotations and allusions. His observations on Western culture are keen, and while secular-minded readers will find plenty to argue with, his writing will appeal to a wide Christian audience. An optimistic account of the church's future in the midst of a secular age."   
Kirkus Reviews

"Every believer in a position of authority over other citizens needs to read Strangers in a Strange Land, but so too does every Christian who is wondering what is happening and, crucially, how they ought to live in this new world . . . This is the real deal, the book you need for 2017 and far beyond. Read it. Buy it for your friends. Urge it on your small groups. It is the book for this moment in America."
— Hugh Hewitt, author, professor of law and radio host

p>"This is an important book about the most important questions – who are we as Christians, and how do we live and love, work and create? How do we raise our families, educate our children and carry out our Christian mission? How do we serve God in this 'strange land' that now, too often, sees the Church, her teachings and her institutions as an enemy? A must-read for Catholics and anyone concerned for America's future."
— Most Reverend José Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles

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