Theology and the Disciplines of the Foreign Service
The World’s Potential to Contribute to the Church
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"A fascinating account of a remarkable theological voyage of discovery, bearing a powerful witness to both the intellectual delight of theology as a discipline, and to the perspicuity and perseverance of its author."
--Alister E. McGrath, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
"At the height of the Vietnam War exceptional demands were placed on the joint embassy/USAID economic staff to control what could easily have become runaway inflation, leading to general destabilization. Not only did the staff have to work seven days a week and long hours each day but their skill and competence were tested to the utmost under difficult conditions. I worked closely with Ted Lewis and recall vividly his top-notch skills and service to his country. He describes these years well. Moreover, his description of the 'craft' of the Foreign Service is accurate and perceptive."
--Roy Wehrle, Economic Counselor of Embassy and USAID Associate Director for Program, Saigon, Vietnam, 1964 -1968
"As an attorney for nearly forty years, at first I wondered whether a book embodying the life of a Foreign Service Officer and focusing on the link between this 'craft' and theology would have much relevance to me or others outside the Foreign Service. Happily, I found the core values underlying the role of the Foreign Service to align with my craft as a lawyer and, I believe, other professions too. Both at essence focus on service and commitment to a broader entity (government for the Foreign Service; the client and justice as defined by law for the attorney.) Both depend on strong analytical ability and intellectual discipline--applicable no less to Scripture and theology. I believe that these common attributes really do provide the essential link between theology and the disciplines of crafts of all kinds which this book seeks to illuminate."
--Earle H. O'Donnell, Esq., Washington D.C.