Imposters of God

Imposters of God

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English
90 Pages

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Apart from God alone, in what do Americans seek meaning, identity, self-worth, and justification? With devastating simplicity, this inquiry into contemporary idolatry probes a range of subjects: religion, race, work, money, status, patriotism, and even the church. All this in a concise, readable primer. In the end, William Stringfellow's biblical sensibility parts the curtain to expose the impostor behind the impostors,
death itself.

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Published 01 November 2006
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EAN13 9781725217829
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Imposters of God
The William Stringfellow Reprint Series Consulting Editor, Bill Wylie-Kellermann
The Ethics Trilogy Conscience and Obedience An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens  in a Strange Land Instead of Death (series foreword by Bill Wylie-Kellermann)
The Autobiographical Trilogy My People is the Enemy A Second Birthday A Simplicity of Faith  (series foreword by Scott Kennedy)
The Dissent Trilogy Dissenter in a Great Society Suspect Tenderness (co-author, Anthony Towne) The Politics of Spirituality  (series foreword by Daniel Berrigan)
The Foundations Quartet A Private and Public Faith Count it all Joy Free in Obedience Imposters of God  (series foreword by Anthony Dancer)
Also (with co-author Anthony Towne) The Bishop Pike Affair The Death and Life of Bishop Pike
Imposters of God: Inquiries into Favorite Idols
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niHil oBstat : rEV. JOSEP B. COLLINS, s.s., s.t.d. CENSOR dEPUTàTUS imprimatur: pàTRIck CàRDINàL o’BOyLE aRcbISOP OF WàSINGTON mày 28, 1969
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Series Foreword
 SwROTE à LOT àbOUT OPE. W BUT E DID IT IN à wày TàT cONFRONTED TINGS EàD ON. HE TOOk SIDES. iN à SENSE, E wàS àN eD mURROw OF aMERIcàN pROTESTàNTISM. hE LIkES OF IM àRE FEw àND FàR bETwEEN, SOMETING FOR wIc i SUSPEcT SOME QUIETLy GIVE TàNkS. hE wORLD E wàS ENGàGED wIT wEN E wROTE IS NOT SO DIffERENT FROM OURS; TE àcTORS àVE càNGED (PàRTIcU-LàRLy TOSE IN TE WITE HOUSE) bUT TE STORIES REMàIN REà-SONàbLy cONSTàNT. nUcLEàR wEàPONS, MàSSIVE PROfiTS àND àbjEcT POVERTy STILL PREVàIL; IT IS jUST TàT NOw TERE IS MORE ExTREMITy àMONG TEM. pREOccUPàTIONS àVEN’T càNGED TàT MUc EITER. hE TINGS TàT ENDLESSLy PREOccUPy àND cONSUME US, àND TE VIOLENcE wIc SySTEMIcàLLy UPOLDS TEM, SEEM àT TIMES TO ENcLOSE TE VERy LIFE àND IMàGINà-TION OF OUR cURc àND wORLD. iT IS TESE PREOccUPàTIONS, àND TE “VOcàTION OF TE cURc” wIT wIc sTRINGFELLOw wàS MOST cONcERNED, TàT MàRk TE FOUR VOLUMES TàT FORM TE àPTLy NàMED “fOUNDàTIONàL qUàRTET”:A Public and Private Fait, Free in Obedience, Count It All Joy,àNDImposters of God. WE cOULD LOOk IN MàNy DIREcTIONS FOR ExàMPLES OF TESE PREOccUPàTIONS, bUT àS TESE FOUR VOLUMES àRE cON-cERNED PRIMàRILy wIT TE cURc, wE MIGT LOOk NO FUR-TER TàN TEOLOGIcàL EDUcàTION, SExUàLITy, cURc GROwT, wORSIP, TRUST bOàRDS, SOcIàL SERVIcES OR ISSUES OF jUSTIcE, àND PERàPS TE wày TE cURc cONTINUES TO bEcOME IN-cREàSINGLy PROficIENT àT REàRRàNGING ITS OwN FURNITURE (TE
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EccLESIàSTIcàL EQUIVàLENT OF TE cORPORàTE RESUfflE wILE rOME bURNS). sTRINGFELLOw NàMED TOSE PREOccUPàTIONS bIbLIcàLLy àS TE IDOLS TEy àRE. HE àSSERTED TE bIbLIcàL PROcLàMàTION TàT TO LIVE IN wàyS TàT àRE FUNDàMENTàLLy NOT PREOccUPIED wIT gOD, bUT wIT OTER TINGS, IS TO LIVE IDOLàTROUSLy. iT’S EàSy TO SEE wy àT TIMES IS wàS TE LONELIEST OF LIVES. hROUG IS VOIcE OF DISSENT àND DIScONTENT E àLSO ExPOSED à OPE FOR à wORLD TàT LITERàLLy, by VIRTUE OF TE gOSPEL, wàS àND cOULD bE MORE TàN IT SEEMED TO bE. aND E DID TIS IN EVERy SITUàTION, wIT EVERyONE: LEFT àND RIGT, LIbERàL àND cONSERVàTIVE. hERE wàS SIMPLy NO IDEOLOGIcàL POSITION TàT sTRINGFELLOw wOULD IMSELF càLL OME. hIS, cOUPLED wIT IS RESONàNcE àND FUNDàMENTàLLy àUTENTIc ENGàGEMENT wIT IS cONTExT, wIT TE BIbLE, àND wIT TE WORD OF gOD MILITàNT IN TE wORLD, ELPS TO MàkE IM “PRObàbLy TE MOST cREàTIVE àND DISTURbING aNGLIcàN TEOLOGIàN” OF TE twENTIET CENTURy (aRcbISOP OF CàNTERbURy, rOwàN WILLIàMS). iN IS wRITING sTRINGFELLOw USES STORIES à GREàT DEàL TO ENGàGE IS àUDIENcE, àND TàT IS cERTàINLy TRUE IN TESE VOL-UMES. hESE STORIES wERE TyPIcàL EVENTS FROM IS LIFE àND ExPERIENcE, SERVING NOT SO MUc TO ILLUSTRàTE à POINT, àS TO REVEàL TE TRUT. hEy àRE wOVEN TOGETER àS IS LIFE-wORk, àS yOU wILL SEE IN TESE FOUR VOLUMES. hROUG IS STORIES TE STRàNGER bEcOMES, IF NOT PERàPS à FRIEND, TEN àT LEàST SOMEONE wE càN RELàTE TO à LITTLE IN TEIR UMàNITy. hERE IS à GREàT FàITFULNESS àND SIMPLIcITy TO TàT. tUckED TOwàRDS TE bàck OFA Private and Public FaitwE fiND à STORy sTRINGFELLOw TELLS wIc i bELIEVE RE-TàINS ITS SIGNIficàNcE TODày. a wOMàN, à PRIEST, TE wEàLTy cURc, à LàwyER, à PLàNE jOURNEy, àND à TàPESTRy àRE TE càRàcTERS TàT FORM ONE OF TE MOST SIGNIficàNT STORIES IN TàT bOOk. iN SORT, TE wOMàN IS EVIcTED, TE PRIEST RINGS sTRINGFELLOw FOR LEGàL ELP, sTRINGFELLOw TELLS IM TO SELL à viii
TàPESTRy TO Pày TE RENT, àNGS UP, àND LàTER REflEcTS àbOUT wàT TOOk PLàcE. nOw ULTIMàTELy i DON’T kNOw Ow DEcISIVE TàT EVENT wàS FOR sTRINGFELLOw, bUT IT IS SUPPOSED TO bE PIVOTàL FOR US. hE SIGNIficàNcE OF TE STORy cOMES FROM TE wày IT IS bOUND UP IN sTRINGFELLOw’S OwN jOURNEy (wIT CRIST, IN FàIT), àND TE wày IT REVEàLS TE TRUE MEàNING OF àDVOcàcy àND wORSIP IN à REMàRkàbLy SIMPLE àND GROUNDED wày; TE TRUT IS REVEàLED IN EVERyDày LIFE, IN TàPESTRIES àND EVIc-TIONS. iT REMINDS US àbOUT wàT IT MEàNS TO càLL OURSELVES cURc—TE VOcàTION OF TE cURc, IF yOU wILL, wIc IS TO LIVEin tis worldwERE gOD IS. fOR INSTàNcE, IN TE STORy IT IS ONLy wEN TE TàPESTRy IS SOLD TO Pày TE RENT TàT IT bEcOMES à “wOLESOME àND OLy TING.” iT bEcOMES à SàcRàMENT wEN IT REPRESENTS “TE FREEDOM OF CRIST TO GIVE UP àNy àSPEcT OF TE INER-ITED àND PRESENT LIFE OF TE INSTITUTIONàL cURc . . . FOR TE SàkE OF TE wORLD.” WàT GIVES TE TàPESTRy MEàNING? HOw DOES IT bEcOME à “wORSIPFUL” OR “SàcRàMENTàL” TING? iT IS ONLy wEN TE cURc IS FREE TO bE POOR àMONGST TE POOR, TàT IT càN bE TE cURc. WEN SOMEONE LIkE sTRINGFELLOw cOMES àLONG àND càLLENGES OUR IDOLS by SPEàkING INTO à SITUàTION àS cOM-PàNION RàTER TàN àS STRàNGER, yET OffERING à PERSPEcTIVE TàT càLLS INTO QUESTION àLMOST àLL wE TàkE FOR GRàNTED (OUR VERyfoundationsyOU MIGT Sày), IT IS àN UNUSUàL àND UN-cOMFORTàbLE TING, àND ONE wE càNNOT àffORD TO SIMPLy SRUG Off. aS i’VE INDIcàTED, sTRINGFELLOw’S wRITING—TE STORIES, IMàGES àND LàNGUàGE—DRàw TE REàDER INTO TE TExT; TEy àVE TE EffEcT OF INVOLVING US IN IS LIFE, àND TEREby INVOLVING US àLSO IN TE LIFE OF FàIT. i àVE NO IDEà wETER TàT wàS ENTIRELy DELIbERàTE, OR wETER IT wàS àN EcO OF TE bIbLIcàL IDIOM TàT SUSTàINED IM, bUT IT IS cERTàINLy EffEcTIVE.
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