Strangers in a Strange Land

Strangers in a Strange Land

Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World by Charles J. Chaput

“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? A must-read for Catholics and anyone concerned for America's future.”

—Most Reverend JosÉ H. Gomez,
Archbishop of Los Angeles

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Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World by Charles J. Chaput

Here is a bold critique of today’s America, a provocative look at the post-Christian public square and the gradual erosion of the religious faith and freedom that have marked it for so long. At the same time, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput offers prophetic, empowering guidance on how Christians—and especially Catholics—can successfully overcome these challenges and not merely survive but reclaim the joy, the beauty, and the grandeur of life in the world.

PRAISE FOR STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND

“At a time when many American Christians feel like ‘Strangers in a Strange Land,’ one of the country’s most courageous and respected prelates has given us much needed words of wisdom for the challenges ahead. This forward-looking guidebook should be on every Catholic’s bookshelf.”

—Mary Ann Glendon, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University

“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 of The Benedict Option and How Dante Can Save Your Life

“Archbishop Charles Chaput is the intellectual successor to Francis Cardinal George within the college of American bishops, and his latest book — smart, incisive, crisply-written, witty, and inspiring — shows why. I would warmly recommend this text to anyone interested in the play between faith and culture.”

—Most Reverend Robert Barron, author of Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith

“Pivotal and insightful, unsettling but hopeful, this book captures many of the challenges of following Jesus Christ at a time when his way, truth and life are obscured or deemed unattractive by modern forces. Like a physician who understands not only the pandemic but its cure, Chaput offers concrete ways Christians can heal and be healed by loving Christ and being a witness of his love in a troubled world.”

—Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus and author of A Civilization of Love

“In a shrewd look at postmodern confusions and obsessions, Chaput presents his readers with the challenge of living in harmony with the whole symphony of the Gospel’s consequences. Echoing Paul’s call to put on the whole armor of God and Augustine’s description of the ordering of loves befitting the City of God, this book is a beckoning to paths of righteousness by a shepherd who clearly loves those in his care.”

—Ken Myers, producer and host, Mars Hill Audio Journal

“. . . a bracing reflection on what the future holds for Christians living in a modern world increasingly cold to their beliefs. Studded with observations from some of the most provocative thinkers of the past century, Strangers in a Strange Land explores the complex trajectory of American political and social thought. With ‘going along to get along’ no longer an option, Chaput challenges us to ask ourselves: Do we really believe in God or not? Are we really on fire with a love for Jesus Christ or not?”

—Greg Erlandson, editor in chief of Catholic News Service

“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... 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

“For those looking for guidance on how to quit whining and to live in the next America, Archbishop Chaput nails it.”

—Alan E. Sears, President and General Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom

“Archbishop Chaput’s compelling book makes clear that the struggle for Church freedom is not just about our legal rights, but is ‘a much greater effort to defend the truth of the human being, and to speak the truth about what our present sexual and social revolution portends.’ He offers both a clear diagnosis of our country’s challenges and a powerful inspiration for Catholics to follow the path to the City of God.”

—William Mumma, President of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

“What do we do now? We’re blessed to have Archbishop Chaput’s answer in this timely and essential book.”

—Gerard V. Bradley, Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charles Chaput, archbishop of Philadelphia, and author of Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World

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Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., was named archbishop of Philadelphia in 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI. As a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, he was the second Native American to be ordained a bishop in the United States and is the first Native American archbishop. Chaput is the author of Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics and Render unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life—as well as numerous articles and public talks.

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