"Theologians as well as clergy and lay people (who should find this book quite accessible, if still academic) who heed Mathewes's advice would certainly prove welcome additions to our civic conversation, secular or not."
Anglican Theological Review
"...a joy to read."
The Christian Century
"Mathewes' project is a worthwhile contribution... The book is also noteworthy as an updated, sophisticated Niebuhrianism for post-modern, post-secular, post-political age."
"Just a few times in each generation a Christian thinker of dazzling talent emerges. Charles Mathewes is one such person. With A Theology of Public Life, Mathewes has solidified his status as one of the most profound thinkers in the Christian world. Mathewes pulls out all the stops. His erudition is stunning, the range of his research extraordinary, his vocabulary demanding."
Journal of Church and State
"Matthewes's theology of engagement is masterly ... moments of delightful humour ... It deserves attention from scholars and Christian activists alike but, in the end, it is a manifesto for the church ..."