Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony, Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition  -     By: Stanley Hauerwas, William H. Willimon
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Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony, Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition

Abingdon Press / 2014 / Paperback

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In this bold and challenging title that has provoked two decades of debate, Hauerwas and Willimon argue that believers should focus on how to nurture Christian life and community rather than reform secular culture. Instead of turning America into a "Christian" state, we should view ourselves as "resident aliens" in a foreign land.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 216
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1426781903
ISBN-13: 9781426781902
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Only when the Church enacts its scandalous Jesus-centered tradition will it truly be the body of Christ and transform the world. Twenty-five years after its first appearance, Resident Aliens remains a prophetic vision of how the Church can regain its vitality, battle its malaise, reclaim its capacity to nourish souls, and stand firmly against the illusions, pretensions, and eroding values of today's world.

Resident Aliens discusses the nature of the church and its relationship to surrounding culture. It argues that churches should focus on developing Christian life and community rather than attempting to reform secular culture. Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon reject the idea that America is a Christian nation; instead, Christians should see themselves as "resident aliens" in a foreign land. According to Hauerwas and Willimon, the role of Christians is not to transform government but to live lives that model the love of Christ. Rather than try to convince others to change their ethics, Christians should model a new set of ethics that are grounded in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.

Author Bio

Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law at theDivinity School at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.He has written a voluminous number of articles, authored and edited many books, and has been the subject of other theologians' writing and interest. He has been a board member of the Society of Christian Ethics, Associate Editor of a number of Christian journals and periodicals, and frequent lecturer at campuses across the country. Feeling most athome behind a pulpit, Bishop William H. Willimons deepest calling is to be a preacher and truth-teller of Jesus Christ. Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke University Divinity School and retiredBishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, after serving for 20 years as faculty member and Dean of the Chapel at Duke University. He continues to give lectures and teach at universities around the world. Willimon earned a doctoral degree from Emory University and has been honored with 13 additional doctorates. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Astudy by the Pulpit and Pew Research Center found that Willimon is one of the most widely read authors among mainline Protestant pastors. An international survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the "Twelve Most Effective Preachers" in the English-speaking world. With over a million copies of more than 60 books sold, his popularity is undeniable.

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