How could a conservative Christian—an ordained minister with a beard, no less—be against not only Christianity, but theology, sacraments, and ethics as well?
Yet that is the stance Peter Leithart takes in this provocative "theological bricolage." Seeking to rethink contemporary evangelical notions of culture, church, and state, Leithart offers a series of short essays, aphorisms, and parables that challenge the current dichotomies that govern both Christian and non-Christian thinking about church and state, the secular and the religious. But his argument isn't limited to being merely "against." Leithart reveals a much larger vision of Christian society, defined by the stories, symbols, rituals, and rules of a renewed community—the city of God.
What People Are Saying:
"With the disastrous implications of the modern turn to the subject as his target, Peter Leithart's Against Christianity charges us to reclaim robust Christendom over against tepid Christianity.... Leithart's goal is not to make the church more palatable to its cultured despisers but to put an end to further embarrassment. If there has to be cause for offence, let it be a legitimate one, and let it be visible!" -Piotr J. Malysz, Beeson Divinity School
"Readers familiar with Leithart’s lively pieces in these pages will not be disappointed by this little book. Kierkegaard said he wanted to introduce Christianity to Christendom. Leithart proposes overthrowing Christianity on behalf of communal fidelity that aims at something like Christendom.... Written in an engaging and aphoristic style, Against Christianity is a splendid little dustup that will be of particular interest to those familiar with the main players and their arguments." -First Things
Peter Leithart (PhD, Cambridge) is President of Theopolis Institute in Birmingham, Alabama and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. He is the author of numerous books on theology and literature, including The Baptized Body, Against Christianity, Brightest Heaven of Invention, and Ascent to Love. He has also authored articles in journals such as Pro Ecclesia, Journal of Biblical Literature, Westminster Theological Journal, and First Things. Peter and his wife Noel have ten children and a fetching collection of grandchildren.
AUTHOR: Peter J. Leithart
PAGE COUNT: 160 pages
ISBN 10: 1-591280-06-0
PUB. DATE: June 3, 2003