Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents, by Rod Dreher
- Author: Rod Dreher
For years Rod Dreher has heard émigrés from the former Soviet bloc telling him they see telltale signs of soft totalitarianism coming up in America, something more akin to Brave New World than Nineteen Eight-Four. Identity politics are starting to encroach on every aspect of life. Civil liberties are often seen as a threat to safety. Progressives marginalize conservative, traditional Christians, and others they see as dissenters. Technology and consumerism give rise the possibility of a corporate surveillance state. With the pandemic putting millions out of work, our country is especially vulnerable to demagogic manipulation.
In Live Not By Lies, Dreher amplifies the alarm sounded by the brave men and women who battled totalitarianism. He reveals how the totalitarianism facing us today is based less on overt violence and more on psychological manipulation. He shares the stories of modern-day dissidence such as clergy, laity, martyrs, and confessors from the Soviet Union and the captive nations of Europe who provide practical advice for how to identify and resist totalitarianism in our time. Live Not By Lies teaches American Christians a method for resistance:
- SEE: Acknowledge the reality of the situation.
- JUDGE: Assess the reality in the light of what we as Christians know to be true.
- ACT: Take action to protect truth.
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