The Household and the War for the Cosmos

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C.R. Wiley


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C.R. Wiley is a senior contributor to The Imaginative Conservative and a minister living in the Pacific Northwest. His short stories have appeared in The Mythic Circle and Fear and Trembling, and his nonfiction has appeared in Touchstone Magazine, Relevant Magazine Online, and Modern Reformation, and he is the author of Man of the HouseThe Purloined Boy, Book 1 of the Weirdling Cycle, is his first novel. 



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AUTHOR: C.R. Wiley


SIZE: 5.5x8.5"

BINDING: Paperback

ISBN-10: 1947644912

ISBN-13: 9781947644915

PUB. DATE: June 18, 2019

Media: Paperback

Your household is not just a shelter from a war zone; it is the command center from where you launch your attacks. It's this vision of the world, with the Christian family at the heart, that modern parents desperately need to recover.

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In this truly original book, C.R. Wiley shows that, although the family has become dislocated and pushed to the side by modern society, this wasn't always the case. At one time, the world was not seen as a random assortment of time and matter, but as an ordered whole—as a Cosmos.

Because people saw themselves as part of an ordered whole, they also believed that they had obligations to the people around them. They were not just autonomous individuals, but members of households with unique duties to past and future generations. Words like "piety" and "religion" did not refer to what you did in your quiet time, but were more like the seemingly obsolete values of "duty" and "honor."

C.R. Wiley illustrates these ancient values through the Roman Aeneas, and shows how this founding myth inspired people to things we need. However, he also shows how this myth failed and it was succeeded by a greater myth—the myth of Abraham and His God's war for the cosmos.

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What People Are Saying: 

"It's easy to see how the household as a foundational institution is crumbling, and Wiley puts forth a robust macro-level vision for why it's worth saving. He dissects words—their origins, implications, and context within history and Scripture—like piety, dutycosmos, and household. Put together, a picture emerges of the family not as a personal lifestyle choice, but as a microcosm with interconnected duties and dependencies intended to reflect how the Church—the household of God—operates. This book has encouragement for fathers, for family enterprise, and for weary, modern parents in need of restored vision." -WORLD Magazine

"Today the true revolutionaries are not feminists, homosexual activists, or other progressives but those who are seeking to halt any further erosion of the family, and even reverse the process—families who are intentionally working to restore at least some of the traditional functions of the household." -Nancy Pearcey, author of Total Truth and Love Thy Body

"C.R. Wiley is calling upon us to remember that we have duties that go by the name of piety, what those duties are, why they have gone unregarded in our time, how they are founded in our human and bodily nature, and why they are essential for the Christian to practice…. And he is cheerful about it, more cheerful by far than our obliviousness deserves." -Anthony Esolen, author of Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture

"What is needed an account of creaturely life in the world that sees the health of the person linked to the health of the place, the life of man linked to the life of the earth. In his new book The Household and the War for the Cosmos, Connecticut pastor C. R. Wiley takes a major step toward defining what such a relationship ought to be." -Mere Orthodoxy

"This book is the good beans... Wiley’s book is one, long sustained argument, and you find yourself on the edge of your seat as you approach the end of it, leaning toward the conclusion. And my best way of summarizing that conclusion is this. He shows—to take the book of Ephesians for my example—that the New Testament “household code” instructions are not some extraneous thing dragged in, disrupting the flow of the book. No, husbands loving their wives and wives respecting their husbands has a tight connection to the fact of our spiritual warfare, as we wrestle with the principalities and powers." -Douglas Wilson, pastor and author of Reforming Marriage, Future Men, and Father Hunger

Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
David H.
Excellent, and perfectly timed

This book answers the call of those hearts who long for a family order and ethos that is in sync with the bible. I enjoyed it so much, that after my first reading, I ordered copies for my sons.


This might be my favorite book that I have read in the last 5 years.


Great book for showing why family matters. Every dad, mom, and child in Christ is a part of God’s kingdom.

Carson W.
Brief and Powerful

Mr. Wiley does something amazing in this book that is seldom found in the modern era: he provides a way forward after highlighting our current woes. Regardless of whether you are yet leading a family there is much wisdom to be gained from this short and thoughtful book. If you are looking to reclaim a Christian cosmology in a world untethered, this book is for you.

Daniel S.
Excellent Book for Anyone, Especially Families

This book does a wonderful job showing how daily faithful living in the home is a critical part of the Kingdom of God advancing. Great book!

Eric S.
Much needed

Great book! I love the history of the institution of the household.

Stehen H.
Such a powerful revelation on how important the family is!

A new found fervent desire to fight for the family has been placed within me. Thank you Wiley for this book!

Christopher W.
Household and War for the Cosmos


Matthew G.
Great book

Biblical truths in the forgotten basics of our orthopraxy. In a world gone mad, this is a reminder that God has built into our faith the weapons of our warfare - a godly Household

Mrs. C.
Great Encouragement

Many good things to say about The Household and the War for the Cosmos, but to keep it short I particularly appreciated the fleshing out of Bible times father-rule (aka, patriarchy). It made a number of things click better in my musings these days. Thank you, C.R Wiley! And thank you Canon Press for the high caliber quality of your content!

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