Join Doug Stuart and Mike Maharrey in reading An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land by William Stringfellow.

Book Description

From An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land:
America is a fallen nation. Americans exist in time, in the era biblically called the Fall. America is a demonic principality, or conglomeration of principalities and powers in which death furnishes the meaning, in which death is the reigning idol. Enshrined in multifarious forms and guises, it enslaves human beings, exacts human sacrifices, captures and captivates Presidents as well as intimidating and dehumanizing ordinary citizens. Strong statements, yes, but timely in the biblical context which forms William Stringfellow’s perspective of our contemporary situation. Identifying America as a fallen nation with the parable of Babylon in the Book of Revelation – not with Jerusalem the holy nation, as Americans are naively and vainly wont to do – Dr. Stringfellow issues as trenchant an indictment of our society as has been made since Philip Wylie’s ‘Generation of Vipers’. Shockingly prophetic, dismaying, and sobering, William Stringfellow’s rigorous biblical theology will surely offend the self-righteous. But the citizen of Jerusalem, alien in Babylon, will welcome the bluntness and insight with which he speaks.

Length: 164 pages (6 chapters + preface)

Book Club Details

  • $25 to join (is actually a donation to LCI)
  • Cost of the book itself (Amazon link)
  • 5 one-hour discussion sessions (see dates below)

Discussion Session Dates

All session times 6:00–7:00pm Eastern Time

  • March 14 – Preface + Chapter 1: The Relevance of Babylon
  • March 21 – Chapter 2: The Empirical Integrity of the Biblical Witness
  • March 28 – Chapter 3: The Moral Reality Named Death
  • April 4 – Chapter 4: Strategems of the Demonic Powers
  • April 11 – Chapter 5: The Christian in Resistance to Death
  • April 18 – The Efficacy of the Word of God as Hope

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What others have said about the book club

David MarinoTexas
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I have found the book clubs to be of great value in expanding my ability to share the message of liberty with my fellow Christians and the message of Christ with my fellow Libertarians. The different perspectives, opinions and knowledge that is brought to the weekly meetings, are truly enlightening.
John OdermattPennsylvania
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I've participated in all three LCI book clubs reading The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann, Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not by various authors, and An Ethic for Christians & other Aliens in a Strange Land by William Stringfellow. These are three books that I very likely would not have read on my own and if I did, I would have struggled to keep myself accountable to finish each. While I liked and disliked parts of each book, the best part of the book club was the conversations during our weekly Zoom calls. It was extremely helpful to be able to bounce difficult sections or interesting critiques off of fellow book club attendees and to hear the same in return. Overall, I can confidently say that the books clubs have deepened by libertarian philosophy and strengthen my faith.
JasonOhio
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Over the past year and a half I have moved from circumspectly examining Libertarian ideas to embracing a great deal of Libertarian philosophy. Because my faith is more central to my life than my relationship with politics and the state I have spent a great deal of time reflecting and synthesizing how these new ideas intersect with my Christian worldview and the Biblical framework I have long utilized for living out my faith in the world. LCI Book Club has provided a critical venue for verbalizing and testing my understanding of Libertarian and Christian ideas. More importantly, it has provided access to the valuable insights of fellow travelers sharing their own unique wisdom along this non-traditional path. Thanks LCI for sponsoring this excellent and important opportunity!

LCI Book Club Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to attend every meeting to participate?

In order to ensure the best possible discussion for every meeting, we encourage every participant to make as many of the meetings as possible. 

However, you will not be denied access if you are unable to attend all meetings. 

Will the discussions be recorded?

Yes. We have learned in previous months that recording the discussions did not impede the quality of the meeting, and allows those who were unable to attend to participate asynchronously. 

How will the reading assignments be divided?

Each book is unique and does not match up equally based on chapter to the week we discuss. Reading assignments will be sent out to the group at least a week in advance of the first meeting. 

What does the participant fee cover?

Your participant fee covers your access to the book club for the month you are participating in. You will be responsible for acquiring a copy of the reading material ahead of time. 

Your fee actually is considered by the IRS a tax-deductible donation to the Libertarian Christian Institute. 

Do you offer any discounts for joining multiple clubs?

We do not currently have a mechanism for offering discounts, since the fees are considered tax-deductible donations to LCI. 

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