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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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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
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