Resident Aliens argues that only when the Church enacts its scandalous Jesus-centered tradition will it truly be the body of Christ and transform the world. 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: Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon
- Pages: 165
- Year: 2014
- ISBN: 9781426781902