Online & In-Person Discussion Group
Live Not by Lies: a Manual for Christian Dissidents
by Rod Dreher
Wednesdays, 7:00 pm Central
First session: January 13
For January and into February, we will be discussing a new book called Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents. The author, Rod Dreher, is an Orthodox layman, a journalist, and a best-seller author who focuses on questions of how Christians should understand the times we live in and how we should live in these times.
The book's title is borrowed from an essay Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote just as he was being exiled from the USSR, and it encapsulates the great dissident's advice about the best way — perhaps the only way — to resist the totalitarian tyranny under which his countrymen and fellow Orthodox believers were suffering. Dreher sees an analogous though much subtler and far less brutal situation emerging today in the West which he calls "soft totalitarianism." Like the old, hard totalitarianism, its power will depend on people accepting and living by the lies it tells, Dreher argues, and so what is most needed are dissidents who refuse to do so.
Our meetings will be held each Wednesday from 7-8pm in the Parish Hall, led by Dr. Tony Bartl, who is an Assistant Professor of Political Science & Philosophy at Angelo State University. Everyone interested is encouraged to try to make it in person to all the meetings. In addition, we will try to set up a Zoom meeting for those who are interested but who cannot make it in person.
In the first meeting we will discuss the Introduction and Chapter One of the book (an easy 19 pages), as well as the original Solzhenitsyn essay, which can be found here:
The book is available in hardback, ebook, and audioback and can be purchased through many different vendors. Links to these can be found here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/622436/live-not-by-lies-by-rod-dreher/9780593087398
Those of you who use Audible will probably find that to be the simplest, most cost effective way to get the book.
New members welcome anytime.
Open to the public.
To request login information, contact Fr. Mark.
Note: If you are participating online, your camera must be on.