A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good

Brazos, 2011
ISBN: 9781587432989

In A Public Faith, Miroslav Volf offers his wise perspective on how Christians can, “[Promote] the practice of Christian faith in all spheres of life so that what is broken in our individual lives and cultures can be mended, and we all can flourish as God’s creatures.” Covering such timely issues as witnessing in a multifaith society and political engagement in a pluralistic world, this compelling book highlights things Christians can do to serve the common good.

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A Public Faith was named one of the “Top 100 Books” and one of the “Top 10 Religion Books” of 2011 by Publishers Weekly.

Praise for the Print Edition

Highly original . . . The book deserves a wide audience and is one that will affect its readers well after they have turned the final page.

Christianity Today

Why should Christians use the resources of their faith to speak to and serve the common good rather than reducing the faith to a message that soothes individuals or energizes them to pursue success? And how can they do that without coercing those who are not Christians? In A Public Faith, Miroslav Volf sets for himself the daunting task of addressing these two deep and urgent questions in a way that is both widely accessible and takes account of the scholarly literature. He succeeds on all counts. It is a wonderful guide for the perplexed in our times.

—Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale University

Firmly rooted within his own tradition of Christianity, Miroslav Volf has produced an indispensable guide for voices of faith within the arena of public discourse. A Public Faith is arguably the most important book on the topic since H. Richard Niebuhr’s Christ and Culture.

Randall Balmer, professor of American religious history, Columbia University

Product Details

  • Title: A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good
  • Author: Miroslav Volf
  • Publisher: Brazos
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 192

About the Author

Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School and director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. He has written more than 15 books, including Exclusion and Embrace, After Our Likeness, and The End of Memory.


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