Read Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society Online Free - 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.
|Title||:||Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
May 12, 2017
Already before I began writing this review, I was worn out reading books with a similar theme, that of Christian renewal, including Rod Dreher’s “The Benedict Option” and Charles Chaput’s “Strangers in a Strange Land.” I was already going to retire and turn to reading biographies for a while. It...
February 09, 2017
Given the bombastic and melodramatic hotness of the past several months, a book promoting the resurgence of a Christian Society in the United States might well be taken as simply the dying gasps of a glum devotee. Yet R.R. Reno, editor of First Things magazine, past professor at Creighton Univers...
July 31, 2017
Excellent. Reno's argument is that American commitment to freedom above anything has led to society splitting into elites and the poor. Liberal policies and meritocratic institutions do not protect the weak and poor from the freedom of such things as no-fault divorce, sexual freedom and economic...
September 29, 2016
This is required reading for any serious Christian who is looking at our culture and asking 1) how did this happen and 2) how can we fix it? This is a profound, clearsighted, accessible analysis of how abandoning Christian principles has lead to the degradation of those on the peripheries.
May 05, 2017
When I picked this book up, I was expecting a much denser focus on how to become a Christian society, which in my opinion, this book barely touched up.
Reno focused primarily on what has been occurring over the last 70-80 years and the impacts/effects on our current culture and society. The author...
February 27, 2017
First of all, it should be stated very clearly that this book is not about establishing some kind of an oppressive Christian theocracy, so those possibly alarmed by the title should stand down. Instead, R.R. Reno, editor of First Things, makes the case that it is the leavening influence of Christ...
November 04, 2016
“Our ambition is not to become the next establishment but to influence, directly and indirectly, the moral and spiritual outlook of the current one, turning it in directions that promote wellbeing for everyone.” –Reno
It is a sensible goal. It is an interesting book, if not brilliant. It is engagi...
October 26, 2016
This book makes some interesting points and strikes a helpfully hopeful note in its final analysis, but overall it is of very uneven quality. Parts of it are repetitive, it's very much reliant on recapitulation of secondhand material, and there are some lapses in the editing.
June 01, 2017
A good work if you want a clear indictment of where we are and how we got here. Not so good if you want a book that you will put down having a list of concrete actions to take.
March 10, 2017
Reno makes a compelling case for living Christianly as citizens in post-Christian America. A necessary read for those serious about their dual citizenship.