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Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents

Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents

by Rod Dreher
Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents

Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents

by Rod Dreher


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The New York Times bestselling author of The Benedict Option draws on the wisdom of Christian survivors of Soviet persecution to warn American Christians of approaching dangers.

For years, émigrés from the former Soviet bloc have been telling Rod Dreher they see telltale signs of "soft" totalitarianism cropping up in America—something more Brave New World than Nineteen Eighty-Four. Identity politics are beginning to encroach on every aspect of life. Civil liberties are increasingly seen as a threat to "safety". Progressives marginalize conservative, traditional Christians, and other dissenters. Technology and consumerism hasten the possibility of a corporate surveillance state. And the pandemic, having put millions out of work, leaves our country especially vulnerable to demagogic manipulation.

In Live Not By Lies, Dreher amplifies the alarm sounded by the brave men and women who fought totalitarianism. He explains how the totalitarianism facing us today is based less on overt violence and more on psychological manipulation. He tells the stories of modern-day dissidents—clergy, laity, martyrs, and confessors from the Soviet Union and the captive nations of Europe—who offer practical advice for how to identify and resist totalitarianism in our time. Following the model offered by a prophetic World War II-era pastor who prepared believers in his Eastern European to endure the coming of communism, Live Not By Lies teaches American Christians a method for resistance:
    SEE: Acknowledge the reality of the situation.
    JUDGE: Assess reality in the light of what we as Christians know to be true.
    ACT: Take action to protect truth.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn famously said that one of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming totalitarianism can't happen in their country. Many American Christians are making that mistake today, sleepwalking through the erosion of our freedoms. Live Not By Lies will wake them and equip them for the long resistance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593087398
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/29/2020
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 35,465
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, and National Review, and his commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal and the Weekly Standard. He is the bestselling author of The Benedict Option, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, and How Dante Can Save Your Life.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 Understanding Soft Totalitarianism

Chapter 1 Kolakovic the Prophet 3

Chapter 2 Our Pre-Totalitarian Culture 21

Chapter 3 Progressivism as Religion 47

Chapter 4 Capitalism, Woke and Watchful 69

Part 2 How to Live in Truth

Chapter 5 Value Nothing More Than Truth 97

Chapter 6 Cultivate Cultural Memory 111

Chapter 7 Families Are Resistance Cells 129

Chapter 8 Religion, the Bedrock of Resistance 151

Chapter 9 Standing in Solidarity 165

Chapter 10 The Gift of Suffering 183

Conclusion: Live Not by Lies 209

Acknowledgments 215

Notes 219

Index 231

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