Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society

Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society

by R. R. Reno


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Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society by R. R. Reno

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621573494
Publisher: Salem Books
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 840,157
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Need for a Christian Society 9

Chapter 2 Defend the Weak 39

Chapter 3 Raise Up the Poor 65

Chapter 4 Promote Solidarity 87

Chapter 5 Limit Government 113

Chapter 6 Seek Higher Things 139

Chapter 7 The Possibility of a Christian Society 167

Afterword 189

Acknowledgments 193

Index 195

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