When one of this nations most provocative theologians publishes his reading of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, those who count themselves as (lay or ordained) theologians and students of Christian faith in public life can hope for a lively experience. With Performing the Faith, Stanley Hauerwas does not disappoint. As an attorney in public service, I picked up Performing the Faith with particular delight, since I have drawn deeply on Bonhoeffer for a Christologically grounded, responsible faith lived in my own vocation. Similarly, as a Christian in public service I have had lively debates (in my own head at least) over the years with Hauerwas "sectarian" communities of Christian discipleship and character. These lively essays will find a welcome audience for those who think of politics in terms of how humans actually live their lives together, instead of in terms of the partisanship of political parties.
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