Resident Aliens -- Sightings (Martin E. Marty)
It has been 25 years since Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon published their provocative book Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony (Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition). As is often true of anniversaries, there has been an effort to commemorate it. Among those efforts is that of Christian Century. Since my copy hasn't arrived in my mail box I've yet to read the responses. The book itself has inspired much conversation about what it means to be Christian in America. What kind of distance should we place between church and state. Hauerwas especially has gained quite a following on this issue. I'm reading Scot McKnight's Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church, which is an expression of this vision of the church staying separate. The question that seems to be raised by critics is whether this is possible, and whether it is a luxury that upper middle class whites can bask in. I can't remember if I read the book back in the day. If I did, I know longer have a copy. So, I'll invite you to read Martin Marty's take and offer your own.