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Resident aliens : life in the Christian colony : a provocative Christian assessment of culture and ministry for people who know that something is wrong

Author: Stanley Hauerwas; William H Willimon
Publisher: Nashville : Abingdon Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Expanded 25th anniversary editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hauerwas, Stanley, 1940-
Resident aliens
Nashville, TN : Abingdon Press, 2014
(DLC) 2014004933
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stanley Hauerwas; William H Willimon
ISBN: 9781426781902 1426781903
OCLC Number: 869919501
Description: 187 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The modern world: learning to ask the right questions --
A changed world --
The right theological questions --
New understanding or new living? --
Christian politics in the new world --
Mixing religion and politics --
The politics of unbelief --
The church as a social strategy --
Salvation as adventure --
On the road again --
The virtues of adventure --
People with a cause --
Life in the colony: the church as basis for Christian ethics --
You have herd it said...but I say --
All Christian ethics is a social ethic --
We are what we see --
The end of the world --
Ordinary people: Christian ethics --
People who follow a God who is odd --
Saints as significant examples --
Faith confirmed through example --
Parish ministry as adventure: learning to enjoy truth telling --
Training in ministry --
Successful ministry --The service of God --
Power and truth: virtues that make ministry possible --
Put on the whole Armor of God --
Boldly to proclaim the ministry of the Gospel --
Empowering for ministry --
By the working of God's power
Responsibility: Stanley Hauerwas, William H. Willimon.

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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.

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