'A Private and Public Faith' is a heartfelt protest against the self-serving religiosity that characterizes so much of religion in contemporary American society, and which affects to such a large degree the life of the churches of American Protestantism. Stringfellow's protest is motivated by a passionate concern that the authentic life of the Word of God should operate freely in the church and in the world. His exposition of this life for individual, church, and society is profound yet simple.
An excerpt on discerning God's presence: "In other words, the most notorious, plain, and victorious truth of God is that God participates in our history -- even yours and mine. Our history -- all our anxieties -- have become the scene of His presence and the matter of His care. We are safe. We are free. Wherever we turn we shall discover that God is already there. Therefore, wherever it be, fear not, be thankful, rejoice, and boast of God."
Endorsements & Reviews-
"The conscientious and thoughtful New York attorney who caught my attention more than any other person."
Karl Barth on William Stringfellow
"An informed and impassioned inquiry into the reality of the Gospel and the form of the Church. Anyone who does not think that this issue is central does not understand the situation. And anyone who has not seen and thought and felt the substance of the author's argument can be of no help. I anticipate that this book will be scorned and picked to pieces, but also that the vigor of the scorning will disclose the precision of this polemic!"
Dr. Joseph Sittler
William Stringfellow Anthony Dancer
William Stringfellow was a practicing attorney and a prominent Episcopalian layman who frequently contributed to legal and theological journals. After his graduation from Harvard Law School, he practiced some years in the East Harlem neighborhood in New York City. He was a visiting lecturer at several law schools and lectured at theological seminaries across the country.