Resident Aliens at 25
Denigrating "social activist churches" was central to Hauerwas and Willimon's agenda. Yet Resident Aliens revived social gospel arguments.
The image of a resident alien offers an important biblical corrective. But it isn't the only such image we need.
It is disingenuous to deem ourselves alien to a culture and society we benefit from—a culture and society we created.
I understand Resident Aliens as a response to the sort of civil religion that makes people worse than they would be otherwise.
Resident Aliens affirmed the strange way we Americans deal with our racial history and its current realities by indirection, innuendo, and avoidance.
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