By Ashley McGuire

Those who recently attended an Easter Vigil service no doubt got a taste of what it’s like to be a Christian in a post-Christian America. Perhaps a car or two idled by the throngs gathered around the paschal flame, or maybe a few people gaped and whispered, some pulling out a smartphone to record the mysterious ritual. If your Easter Vigil service slowed down traffic, caused onlookers to stop and stare, and led to the hushed whispers of passersby, then you are doing something right, according to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

In his latest book, “Strangers in a Strange Land,” the prelate tackles the question vexing so many Christians today: In a culture increasingly hostile to the religion that nourished its roots, should Christians retreat or engage? Archbishop Chaput’s response is unambiguous: engage, with vigor.


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