A Keeper Of The Word

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"Until his death in 1985, William Stringfellow was a Christian social activist in the mold of Daniel Berrigan, Thomas Merton and William Sloan Coffin. As a lawyer in East Harlem, he saw the social injustice; and, in his writings as well as his activism, he tried to indicate the ways Christianity could respond to those injustices. Stringfellow's writings are deeply scriptural, and this collection, drawn from his 16 books and numerous articles, nicely demonstrates the wide range of his thoughts and passions. The first section focuses on his
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"Until his death in 1985, William Stringfellow was a Christian social activist in the mold of Daniel Berrigan, Thomas Merton and William Sloan Coffin. As a lawyer in East Harlem, he saw the social injustice; and, in his writings as well as his activism, he tried to indicate the ways Christianity could respond to those injustices. Stringfellow's writings are deeply scriptural, and this collection, drawn from his 16 books and numerous articles, nicely demonstrates the wide range of his thoughts and passions. The first section focuses on his autobiographical writings; the second collects his words on the vocation of the church; and a third is devoted to his central theological concern, the conflict of principalities and powers. The final section collects writings devoted to the art of living humanely. We can be in Kellerman's debt, for this long overdue collection reacquaints us with a man who was indeed a keeper and doer of the Word."
- Publisher's Weekly
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Until his death in 1985, William Stringfellow was a Christian social activist in the mold of Daniel Berrigan, Thomas Merton and William Sloan Coffin. As a lawyer in East Harlem, he saw the social injustice; and, in his writings as well as his activism, he tried to indicate the ways Christianity could respond to those injustices. Stringfellow's writings are deeply scriptural, and this collection, drawn from his 16 books and numerous articles, nicely demonstrates the wide range of his thoughts and passions. The first section focuses on his autobiographical writings; the second collects his words on the vocation of the church; and a third is devoted to his central theological concern, the conflict of principalities and powers. The final section collects writings devoted to the art of living humanely. We can be in Kellerman's debt, for this long overdue collection reacquaints us with a man who was indeed a keeper and doer of the Word. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802807267
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/2/1996
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 1.01 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Books by William Stringfellow 14
Biography as Theology 19
Free of Money 21
Confirmation 23
Not to Be a Priest 25
An Early Sit-in 28
A Lawyer's Work 30
On Being Oneself in Harlem or Anywhere Else 36
Street Law 41
To Join the Club? 46
Meeting Anthony 49
Sojourn with the Circus 52
Move to the Island 54
Therapy and Theology 57
The Ambiguity of Pain 62
A Political Trial 67
Decision as Vocational Event 70
Thorns in the Flesh 73
How My Mind Has Changed 79
Talking Theology with the FBI 83
A Statement by the Accused 85
Anthony's Death 87
The Freedom of the Dead 93
Grief and Mourning 98
Stroke 99
The Political Temptation 104
In the Matter of the Mortification of the Flesh 108
A View of Afterdeath 111
The Church as Event 117
The Folly of Religion 119
Liturgy as Political Action 123
The Church as Holy Nation 127
East Harlem Protestant Parish 130
Chambers Memorial 141
An Ecclesiastical Event 144
On Being Haunted by the Angel of the Church at Sardis 148
St. Ann's in-the-Sea 153
Authority in Baptism: The Vocation of Jesus and the Ministry of the Laity 156
No Priesthood: No Laity 163
Protestantism's Rejection of the Bible 167
The Bible and the Confessing Church 173
Biblical Politics 175
The Bible and Ideology 178
Listening against Babel 182
Introduction to Theology: Conversation with Karl Barth 187
Christ and the Powers of Death 192
Traits of the Principalities 204
Stratagems of the Demonic Powers 214
The State as Preeminent Principality 223
The Mythology of a "Justified" Nation 227
Science and Technology: A Biblical View of the Arms Race 233
Medicine 239
The Law as an Aggressor 242
Money 245
Race as a Principality in the Church 251
The University and the Seminary 255
The Constantinian Status Quo 259
The Church as Principality 262
Does America Need a Barmen Declaration? 266
Acolytes of the Demonic Powers 273
Nixon: How to Stop the War (and Other Outrages) by Working within the System 275
An Open Letter to the Presiding Bishop 280
The Politics of Pastoral Care: An Ecumenical Meditation concerning the Incumbent Pope 284
Kissinger: The Price of Power 289
Healing 295
Conscience 297
Discernment 302
Exorcism 306
Prayer 308
Sanctification 310
On the Charismatic and the Demonic 316
The Marks of Involvement 321
Reparations: Repentance as a Necessity to Reconciliation 325
An Exhortation to Integrity 331
An Authority over Death 335
Improvising Church 342
Living Humanly in the Midst of Death 344
Homily on the Defeat of the Saints 348
The Circus 352
Lou Marsh 355
Jacques Ellul 360
Daniel Berrigan 362
Bengt Nordberg 365
Karl Barth 367
Jim Pike 369
Katherine and Frederick Breydert 379
Anthony Towne 381
Advent as a Penitential Season 384
Christmas as a Parody of the Gospel 388
Holy Week
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