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For the Life of the World: Jesus Christ and the Church in the Theologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Stanley Hauerwas
What is the church? What is its mission in the world? Modern Protestantism's inability to provide a clear answer to these seemingly simple questions has resulted in vast confusion amongst pastors about the nature of their calling and has left congregations languishing without a clear reason for existence. Many of the voices and allegiances competing for the churches' attention have rushed in to fill the void, with the result that the church in modernity has frequently found itself captive to the prevailing culture. Yet from within the belly of highly culturally accommodated churches, both the German pastor-theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the American theological ethicist Stanley Hauerwas were able to articulate compelling visions of churches freed from their cultural captivity in order to truly and freely serve God and neighbor. Against the complex and confusing backdrops of Nazi Germany and late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century America respectively, Bonhoeffer and Hauerwas sought to recover the ethical and political character of the Christian faith through recalling the church back to the christological center of its faith. Together they provide a rich set of complementary, and at times mutually correcting, resources for the contemporary church as it seeks to faithfully bear witness to Christ amidst the ruins of Christendom.
For the Life of the World: Jesus Christ and the Church in the Theologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Stanley Hauerwas, by Robert J. Dean (2016)
The Necessity of Witness: Stanley Hauerwas's Contribution to Systematic Theology, by Ariaan W. Baan (2015)
|The Necessity of Witness: Stanley Hauerwas's Contribution to Systematic Theology |
The role of witness is a recurring theme in the work of Stanley Hauerwas: it is through enacting the truth in a world of lies, through seeking peace in a world of violence, that witnesses show who God is, who we are, and what the world is like.
The Necessity of Witness is a study of Hauerwas and his fascinating but complex understanding of witness. Ariaan W. Baan argues that Hauerwas's approach makes a significant contribution to current debates in systematic theology on the relation between truth and life. Reading Hauerwas can be a precarious adventure. His rhetoric is overwhelming, but his argument is not always crystal clear and carefully formulated. With the help of semiotic and philosophical analysis and biblical exegesis, Baan articulates Hauerwas's intuitions, fills some of the gaps in his argumentation, and discloses hidden biases. The results of this analysis sometimes surprise. Baan notes that unexpected pericopes in Scripture such as Isaiah and Revelation support Hauerwas's account of witness, and concludes that his work offers insight into how in our late modern society such diverse groups as martyrs and pop stars offer implicit witness through their lives.
|Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction by Nicholas M. Healey. |
Stanley Hauerwas is one of the most important and robustly creative theologians of our time, and his work is well known and much admired. But Nicholas Healy -- himself an admirer of Hauerwas’s thought -- believes that it has not yet been subjected to the kind of sustained critical analysis that is warranted by such a significant and influential Christian thinker. As someone interested in the broader systematic-theological implications of Hauerwas’s work, Healy fills that gap in Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction.
After a general introduction to Hauerwas’s work, Healy examines three main areas of his thought: his method, his social theory, and his theology. According to Healy, Hauerwas’s overriding concern for ethics and church-based apologetics so dominates his thinking that he systematically distorts Christian doctrine. Healy illustrates what he sees as the deficiencies of Hauerwas’s theology and argues that it needs substantial revision.
|Approaching the End: Eschatological Reflections on Church, Politics, and Life |
In this book Stanley Hauerwas explores the significance of eschatological reflection for helping the church negotiate the contemporary world.
In Part One, "Theological Matters," Hauerwas directly addresses his understanding of the eschatological character of the Christian faith.
In Part Two, "Church and Politics," he deals with the political reality of the church in light of the end, addressing such issues as the divided character of the church, the imperative of Christian unity, and the necessary practice of sacrifice. End, for Hauerwas, has a double meaning -- both chronological end and end in the sense of "aim" or "goal."
In Part Three, "Life and Death," Hauerwas moves from theology and the church as a whole to focusing on how individual Christians should live in light of eschatology. What does an eschatological approach to life tell us about how to understand suffering, how to form habits of virtue, and how to die?
|Without Apology: Sermons for Christ's Church |
Sermons from one of the country’s best-known theologians 17 sermons, from “Saints” and “Letting Go,” to “Recognizing Jesus/Seeing Salvation” and “Clothe Your Ministers in Righteousness” Two bonus presentations on “Leadership” and “An Open Letter to
Christians Beginning College” in the appendix.
- What Makes America So Prone to Intervention? Interview with Noah Berlatsky. The Atlantic 09/05/13. A conversation with Stanley Hauerwas, pacifist theologian, on Syria and why "humanitarianism" is a red herring.
- Politics, Patriotism, and Pacifism: An Interview with Stanley Hauerwas by Jonathan Merritt. 08/03/13.
- Video - Duke's Stanley Hauerwas: Pope Francis' Election Signals Solidarity With the Poor March 14, 2013.
- Stanley Hauerwas on Moral Fragmentation, Formaton and Repair - Pilare Timpane. August 29, 2011.
- Starlette McNeill: An Interview with Stanley Hauerwas The Daily Race April 14, 2011.
- Stanley Hauerwas, John Milbank & Luke Bretherton in Conversation "Theological Reflections on Being a Theologian and the Task of Theology".
The recording of Stanley Hauerwas, John Milbank & Luke Bretherton in conversation at King's College London, October 18th, 2010 to mark the launch of Stanley Hauerwas's autobiography Hannah's Child. The event was jointly hosted by the Faith & Public Policy Forum and SCM Press.
- SAET Interviews on Politics and Theology #3: Stanley Hauerwas (Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology). October 28, 2010.
- Iconocast Episode 17: Stanley Hauerwas JesusRadicals.com. [Podcast] October 28, 2010.
- "Faith Conversations" with Mel Lawrenz" - Brook Network. October 25, 2010. [Audio]
- Mortar the Point Interview with Luke Bretherton. Third Way October 2010.
- Audio: Interview with Milton Friesen (Cardus. September 2010)
- 'The Gospel Makes the Everyday Possible' Hauerwas explains his new memoir, addresses his critics, and explains why he says, 'We're all congregationalists now.' Interview by Andy Rowell. Christianity Today September 9, 2010.
- Indomitable Iconoclast: Q&A with Stanley Hauerwas Beliefnet.com. June 30, 2010.
- 680 Hauerwas, Our 'Best' Theologian, Shares His Life - 4 part interview with Read The Spirit. May 20, 2010.
- Hannah's Child: An Interview with Stanley Hauerwas Wunderkammer May 16, 2010. (Dan Morehead is a former student of Dr. Hauerwas, an independent scholar and writer).
- Hauerwas Unbound America (Podcast). May 10, 2010.
- 10 Minutes with … Stanley Hauerwas, by Kevin Eckstrom. Religion News Service. November 4, 2009.
- Interview with Joshua Madson of the Mormon Worker July 2008.
- 'Why Have You Forsaken Me?': Stanley Hauerwas on atonement theology, Mel Gibson's 'Passion,' and the 'chilling' meaning of Christ's last words. Interview with Laura Sheahen. Beliefnet.com.
- A Pacifist's Look at Memorial Day: on nonviolence, Iraq and killing Hitler. Interview with Paul O'Donnell. May 28, 2004.
- Just War Interview w/ host David Rutledge, "Encounter" [radio show]. Co-participants include just war scholar James Turner Johnson.
- Interview w/ Chimes, the newspaper of Calvin College. Volume 97, Issue 15. January 24, 2003.
- Faith Fires Back. Duke Magazine, January-February 2002.
- Faithfulness First, interview with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. February 15, 2002. Institute for Global Engagement.
- Interview w/ Scott McLemee. "Religion & Ethics" Newsweekly. Episode no. 601. September 6, 2002.
- Interview w/ Stanley Hauerwas. Zion's Herald, January 2002.
- Interview w/ Stanley Hauerwas, by Scott McLemee. Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, PBS Television.
- Hauerwas: An Interview, by Michael J. Quirk. CrossCurrents, Spring 2002, Vol. 52, No 1.
- Interview w/ Stanley Hauerwas, w/ Jim Wallis. Sojourners Magazine, November 8, 2001.
- What Would Pope Stanley Say?, interview with Rodney Clapp. Christianity Today, Books & Culture. Nov/Dec 1998.
- Commentary: Trump’s faith manifests as patriotism and nationalism Portland Press Herald 01/27/17.
- The Weapon of Love: How Martin Luther King, Jr. Became Nonviolent ABC Religion and Ethics. 01/16/17.
- Countering the politics of resentment Church Times 11/4/16.
- Elected: A Sermon for the Day of the U.S. Presidential Election ABC Religion and Ethics. 11/08/16.
- What's Love Got to do with It? The Politics of the Cross ABC Religion and Ethics. 04/03/15.
- Can Democracy be Christian? Reflections on How (Not) to be a Political Theologian ABC Religion and Ethics. 06/24/14.
- The end of American Protestantism. Religion and Ethics 07/02/13.
- Hauerwas on just war - 3-part series (Religion and Ethics):
- Disciplined Seeing: Forms of Christianity and Forms of Life Brian Goldstone and Stanley Hauerwas. South Atlantic Quarterly Fall 2010.
- Just how realistic is just war? ABC Religion and Ethics | 27 Oct 2010.
- How real is America's faith? The Guardian October 16, 2010. "The US is more secular than Britain – Americans have only a general belief in belief."
- A review of Defending Constantine Oct 13, 2010. (Review of Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom, by Peter J. Leithart). Christian Century October 13, 2010. [Subscription required]
- " Go With God": An open letter to young Christians on their way to college First Things October 2010.
- Reflections on learning how to speak Christian, by Stanley Hauerwas. Religion and Ethics ABC.net.au. August 16, 2010.
- America's God is Dying ABC Religion and Ethics. July 20, 2010.
- Speaking Christian: A Commencement Address for Eastern Mennonite Seminary Mennonite Quarterly Review Volume LXXXIIV July 2010 Number Three.
- The Surprise of Being a Christian Huffington Post June 3, 2010.
- War and the American Difference The Harvard Icthus November 23, 2009.
- Stanley Hauerwas on Reformation Sunday Covenant November 1, 2009.
- Hauerwas on Hauerwas [Recording of Hauerwas reading an excerpt from his memoir-in-progress]. Posted by Andrew C. Thompson. Gen-X Rising April 2008.
- The Virtues of Alasdair MacIntyre First Things October 2007.
- Theology as Knowledge - A Symposium with James R. Stoner, Jr. - Stanley Hauerwas - Paul J. Griffiths - David B. Hart. First Things May 2006.
- John Paul II: Assessing His Legacy. Commonweal April 22, 2005 / Volume CXXXII, Number 8.
- The Naked Public Square Now A Symposium with Stanley Hauerwas - Mary Ann Glendon - Harvey Cox - Alan Mittleman - Andrew Murphy - Jean Bethke Elshtain - Ralph C. Wood - Allen D. Hertzke - David Novak - Wilfred M. McClay - Richard John Neuhaus. First Things November 2004.
- No, This War Would Not Be Moral. (a companion article to 'Yes, a War Would Be Moral' by Andrew Sullivan). Time Magazine, March 3, 2003.
- War, Peace & Jean Bethke Elshtain. Co-authored w/ Paul J. Griffiths. First Things 136 (October 2003): 41-47. Critique of Elshtain's Just War Against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World (Basic, 2003).
- The Tonto Principle. Sojourners Magazine January-February 2002 (Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 30).
- In a Time of War: An Exchange First Things February 2002.
- Excerpts from The Hauerwas Reader.
- A Complex God, by Stanley Hauerwas. Chronicle of Higher Education, September 28, 2001.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Truth and Politics. Gifford Lectureship at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 2001.
- Confessions of a Mennonite Camp Follower. Mennonite Quarterly Review Volume LXXIV, No. 4. October 2000
- Karl Barth: Dogmatics in Outline. First Things 101 (March 2000): 46-47.
- Remembering John Howard Yoder. December 29, 1927-December 30, 1997. First Things 82 (April 1998): 15-16.
- Preaching As Though We Had Enemies. First Things 53 (May 1995).
- The Christian Reason for Being Progressive, by John B. Cobb, Jr. Theology Today Vol. 51, No. 4. January 1995.
-- Knowing How to Go On When You Do Not Know Where You Are: A Response to John Cobb, Jr., by Stanley Hauerwas. Theology Today Vol. 51, No. 4. January 1995.
-- Ally or Opponent? A Response to Stanley Hauerwas, by John B. Cobb, Jr. Theology Today Vol. 51, No. 4. January 1995.
- When The Politics of Jesus Makes a Difference. The Christian Century. October 13, l993, pp. 982-987.
- The Chief End of All Flesh, by Stanley Hauerwas & John Berkman. Theology Today Vol 49, No.2 - July 1992.
- Discipleship as a Craft, Church as a Disciplined Community. The Christian Century, October 1, 1991, pp. 881-884.
- Abortion, Theologically Understood. Address given June 14, 1990, at the l990 meeting of the North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
- The Importance of Being Catholic: A Protestant View First Things March 1990.
- The Testament of Friends. The Christian Century, February 28, 1990, pps. 213-216.
- Will the Real Sectarian Please Stand Up?. Theology Today, Vol. 44, No. 1. April 1987.
- The Gesture of a Truthful Story. Theology Today, Vol 42, No. 2 - July 1985.
- Eliminating People Who Suffer. Stauros Notebook: Reflections on the Mystery of Suffering Volume 02 Number 5 Sep/Oct, 1983.
- "The Holocaust and the Duty to Forgive" Encore (Reflections of CLAL - The National Jewish Center for Learning & Leadership). Oct. 3, 1980.
-- Readers Respond to Hauerwas Nov. 28, 1980.
-- "In Response: Forgiveness and Forgetting" Nov. 28, 1980.
- The Ethicist as Theologian. The Christian Century, April 23, 1975, pp. 408-412.
- Christian Care of the Retarded. Theology Today Vol 30, No. 2 - July 1973.
- State of the colony: Resident Aliens at 25 The Christian Century 09/22/14. "After 25 years of experience and argument, has the church learned anything about what being a "colony of resident aliens" could mean or should mean?"
- Unintended aid: Resident Aliens at 25, by Gary Dorrien.
- Locating Loyalty: Resident Aliens at 25, by Debra Dean Murphy.
- Kenosis and Christendom: Resident Aliens at 25 by by Christian Scharen.
- White Protestants aren't aliens: Resident Aliens at 25, by Jenner M. McBride.
- Church against state? Resident Aliens at 25, by James K.A. Smith.
- Hauerwas on Lewis on Pacifism, by Andrew Fulford. Calvinist International [blog] 7/24/14.
- 'The Gospel Makes the Everyday Possible', by Andy Rowell. Christianity Today 09/09/10. 70-year old Duke theologian Stanley Hauerwas explains his new memoir, addresses his critics, and explains why he says, 'We're all congregationalists now.'
- In which Stanley Hauerwas improves his grammar, by Ben Meyers. Faith and Theology August 14, 2009. [Humor]
- "Beat Augie" - Nathaniel Lee Durham (September 2, 2010): "Most people don't know this, but long before Stanley Hauerwas was a "don" of Duke University Divinity School, his first professorship was at Augustana College ..."
- Stanley Hauerwas and the university, by Michael G. Cartwright. Faith and Leadership July 20, 2010. This is an excerpt from a chapter of “Unsettling Arguments: A Festschrift on the Occasion of Stanley Hauerwas's 70th Birthday.”
- God, Truth, and Witness: Engaging Stanley Hauerwas, by Mark Thiessen. Christian Century Jan 15, 2008.
- Hauerwas at School: What's a university for?, by Thomas Albert Howard. Christianity Today Books & Culture. January 18, 2008.
- Hauerwas and Theology Live, by Christian Scharen. Faith as a Way of Life [blog], Dec. 2, 2004.
- Whose Natural Theology?, by Alan Jacobs. Christianity Today November/December 2003.
- An Honored Prophet, by Mark Tooley. Touchstone Magazine, April 2003.
- God and Country: Duke theologian urges Americans to become less hawkish and more holy, by Patrick O'Neill. The Independant April 3, 2003.
- "I'm a pacifist because I'm a violent son of a bitch." A profile of Stanley Hauerwas, by Colman McCarthy. The Progressive, April, 2003.
- 'America's best theologian' walks pacifist road, by Colman MacCarthy. The Free-Lance Star. April 20, 2003.
- General in a small army: Hauerwas battles for pacifism, by Jason White. Baptist Standard. March 17, 2003.
- The Very American Stanley Hauerwas, Stephen H. Webb. First Things 124 (June/July 2002): 12-14.
- Paths To Peace: A Theologian's Feisty Faith, by Patrick O'Neill. National Catholic Reporter, June 21, 2002.
- Unmasking the differences: Nonviolence and social control, by Gloria Albrecht. Cross Currents, Spring 2002. [NOTE: Critical feminist reading of Hauerwaus].
- Do The Right Thing, Dammit, by Scott McLemee. August 17, 2001.
- Can't We Just Argue?, by William Cavanaugh. Christian Century, August 1, 2001.
- Christianity and Liberalism:A Call for Change from Stanley Hauerwas. Nathan C. Clendenin (Honors) Sewanee Senior Philosophy Essays. Class of 2000.
- Christian Contrarian, by Jean Bethke Elshtain. 'America's Best: Society & Culture' CNN Profile.
- Stanley WHO?: An Introduction to Stanley Hauerwas, by Alwyn Thomson. [Hauerwas was keynote speaker at the ECONI 1998 Conference].
- In The Company of Hauerwas, by Max Stackhouse. Journal for Christian Theological Research 2:1 (1997).
- The Hauerwas Theses, by George Weigel. American Purpose Vol. I, Issue 3. March 1, 1987.
| Unsettling Arguments: A Festschrift on the Occasion of Stanley Hauerwas's 70th Birthday |
by Charles R. Pinches, Kelly S. Johnson, and Charles M. Collier.
Cascade Books (July 15, 2010).
"Stanley Hauerwas is a public provocateur, a ravenous reader, a restless wrestler with the truth, and an eccentric devotee of baseball, murder mysteries, and liturgically-shaped discipleship. But most of all is he is a devoted, demanding, and dogged academic father to dozens of doctoral students. The breadth of his character takes a community to display. Here, more than ever before, that community of character does in public what Hauerwas and his students do best: tussle, and refine, and introduce new interlocutors, and dismiss out of hand, and rephrase more charitably, and rediscover ancient wisdom, and go back to Aquinas, and quote Barth, and dismantle platitudes, and unsentimentally face the gift and demands of Christ for church, academy, and politics today. This is a work of love turned into a call to renewal, a family reunion transformed into a symposium, a tribute in the guise of a challenge. Admirers and critics of Hauerwas will be enriched by these compelling essays, an ordered array of disagreements in love."
| War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity |
How are American identity and America's presence in the world shaped by war, and what does God have to do with it? Esteemed theologian Stanley Hauerwas helps readers reflect theologically on war, church, justice, and nonviolence in this compelling volume, exploring issues such as how America depends on war for its identity, how war affects the soul of a nation, the sacrifices that war entails, and why war is considered "necessary," especially in America. He also examines the views of nonviolence held by Martin Luther King Jr. and C. S. Lewis, how Jesus constitutes the justice of God, and the relationship between congregational ministry and Christian formation in America.
| Hannah's Child: A Theologian's Memoir |
A loving, hard-working, godly couple has long been denied a family of their own. Finally, the wife makes a deal with God: if he blesses her with a child, she will dedicate that child to God's service. The result of that prayer was the birth of an influential — some say prophetic — voice. This is the story of Stanley Hauerwas, once named by Time magazine as the "best theologian in America." In this compelling memoir he gives a frank account of his own life interwoven with the development of his thought.
The story of Hauerwas's journey into Christian discipleship is captivating and inspiring. With genuine humility, he describes his intellectual struggles with faith, how he has dealt with the complex reality of marriage to a mentally ill partner, and the gift of friendships that have influenced his character. Throughout the narrative shines Hauerwas's conviction that the tale of his life is worth telling only because of the greater Christian story providing foundation and direction for his own.
Reviews / Discussions
| Working with Words: On Learning to Speak Christian |
The crucial challenge for theology is that when it is read the reader thinks, "This is true." Recognizing claims that are "true" enables readers to identify an honest expression of life's complexities. The trick is to show that theological claims—the words that must be used to speak of God—are necessary if the theologian is to speak honestly of the complexities of life. The worst betrayal of the task of theology comes when the theologian fears that the words he or she must use are not necessary. This new collection of essays, lectures, and sermons by Stanley Hauerwas is focused on the central challenge, risk, and difficulty of this necessity—working with words about God. The task of theology is to help us do things with words. "God" is not a word peculiar to theology, but if "God" is a word to be properly used by Christians, the word must be disciplined by Christian practice. It should, therefore, not be surprising that, like any word, we must learn how to say "God.
Christian Existence Today: Essays on Church, World, and Living in Between
Stanley Hauerwas begins this volume with a vigorous response to the charge of sectarianism leveled against his work by James Gustafson, among others. "Show me where I am wrong about God, Jesus, the limits of liberalism, the nature of the virtues, or the doctrine of the church," Hauerwas replies to his critics, "but do not shortcut that task by calling me a sectarian." The essays that follow explore in a lucid, compelling, firm, and provocative way the church's nature, message, and ministry in the world. Hauerwas writes on the church as God's new language, on clerical character, on the pastor as prophet, on the ministry of the local congregation, on grace and public virtue, and on the relation of church and university. Underlying Hauerwas's argument is his conviction that "the most important knowledge Christian convictions involve, and there is much worth knowing for which Christians have no special claim, requires a transformation of the self. Christianity is no 'world view,' not a form of primitive metaphysics, that can be assessed in comparison to alternative 'world views.' Rather, Christians are people who remain convinced that the truthfulness of their beliefs must be demonstrated in their lives. There is a sense in which Christian convictions are self-referential, but the reference is not to propositions but to lives."
Cross-Shattered Church: Reclaiming the Theological Heart of Preaching
In this work, eminent theologian Stanley Hauerwas shows how the sermon is the best context for doing good theology. He writes, "I am convinced that the recovery of the sermon as the context for theological reflection is crucial if Christians are to negotiate the world in which we find ourselves." The book includes seventeen sermons preached by Hauerwas, which he considers his best theological work and hopes exemplify the work of theology. The sermons are divided into four sections: seeing, saying, living, and events. Titles range from Believing Is Seeing and Was It Fitting for Jesus to Die on the Cross? to Only Fear Can Drive Out Fear and To Be Made Human. Each sermon includes where and when it was preached and references relevant Scripture passages.
I have increasingly come to the recognition that one of the most satisfying contexts for doing the work of theology is in sermons. That should not be surprising because throughout Christian history, at least until recently, the sermon was one of the primary places in which the work of theology was done. For the work of theology is first and foremost to exposit scripture. That modern theology has become less and less scriptural, that modern theology has often tried to appear as a form of philosophy, is but an indication of its alienation from its proper work. I am, therefore, making these sermons available because I think they are not only my best theological work, but because I hope they exemplify the work of theology.
Living Gently in a Violent World: The Prophetic Witness of Weakness (Resources for Reconciliation)
How are Christians to live in a violent and wounded world? Rather than contending for privilege by wielding power and authority, we can witness prophetically from a position of weakness. The church has much to learn from an often overlooked community--those with disabilities.
In this fascinating book, theologian Stanley Hauerwas collaborates with Jean Vanier, founder of the worldwide L'Arche communities. For many years, Hauerwas has reflected on the lives of people with disability, the political significance of community, and how the experience of disability addresses the weaknesses and failures of liberal society. And L'Arche provides a unique model of inclusive community that is underpinned by a deep spirituality and theology. Together, Vanier and Hauerwas carefully explore the contours of a countercultural community that embodies a different way of being and witnesses to a new order--one marked by radical forms of gentleness, peacemaking and faithfulness.
Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary: Conversations Between a Radical Democrat and a Christian (2008)
Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary: Conversations Between a Radical Democrat and a Christian (Theopolitical Visions)
In Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary, theologian Stanley Hauerwas and political theorist Romand Coles reflect about possibilities and practices of radical democracy and radical ecclesia that take form in the textures of relational care for the radical ordinary. They seek to shift political and theological imaginations beyond the limits of contemporary political formations (such as global capitalism, the mega-state, and empire), which they argue are based upon both the denial and production of death.
Hauerwas and Coles call us to a revolutionary politics of wild patience that seeks transformation through attentive practices of listening, relationship-building, and a careful tending to places, common goods, and diverse possibilities for flourishing. Both authors translate back and forth across--as well as dwell in the tensions between--the languages of radical democracy and of trial, cross, and resurrection. Engaging each other through a variety of genres--from essays, to letters, to cowriting and dialogue--Hauerwas and Coles seek to enact a politics that is evangelical in its radical receptivity across strange differences and that cultivates power in relation to vulnerability.
The authors argue that there is a strong relation between hope and imagination, as well as between imagination and the encounter with and memory of those who have lived with receptive generosity toward the radical ordinary. Hence, throughout this book they think extensively in relation to specific lives and practices: from Ella Baker and the early Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee organizing efforts for beloved community and civil rights, to L'Arche communities founded by Jean Vanier, to contemporary faith-based radical democratic organizing efforts in dozens of cities by the Industrial Areas Foundation. Pushing and pulling each other into new and insightful journeys of political imagination, this conversation between a radical Christian and a radical democratic trickster spurs us toward a politics that acknowledges, tends to, and enacts the powers of the radical ordinary.
Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words
In Cross-Shattered Christ, theologian Stanley Hauerwas offers a moving reflection on Jesus's final words from the cross. This small and powerful volume is theologically poignant and steeped in humility. Hauerwas's pithy discussion opens our ears to the language of Scripture while opening our hearts to a truer vision of God. Touching in original and surprising ways on subjects such as praying the Psalms and our need to be remembered by Jesus, Hauerwas emphasizes Christ's humanity as well as the sheer "differentness" of God. Ideal for personal devotion during Lent and throughout the year, Cross-Shattered Christ offers a transformative reading of Jesus's words that goes directly to the heart of the gospel.
Performing the Faith: Bonhoeffer and the Practice of Nonviolence
September 11, Afghanistan, Iraq--more than ever, this is a time for the church to be taking up the question of what, as Christians, our response to violence should be. In Performing the Faith, Stanley Hauerwas revisits the familiar territory of political nonviolence through discussion of the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer-Christian ethicist, theologian, and by some definitions, martyr. This book is an intriguing commentary on Bonhoeffer's bold claim that if our common life rests on lies and injustice, we cannot be a community of peace. Pastors, seminarians, and those interested in Christian ethics are among the many who will be interested in this new word from an unwavering, faithful voice.
The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics
In this classic work, Stanley Hauerwas presents an overall introduction to the themes and method that have distinguished his vision of Christian ethics. Rather than survey ethical thinkers or quandaries he develops one straightforward account of a Christian ethic, systematically displaying ideas introduced in his previous works and emphasizing peaceableness as a hallmark of Christian life. This new edition includes an extensive Postscript in which Hauerwas discusses how he regards The Peaceable Kingdom twenty years after it was first published.
Christian Existence Today: Essays on Church, World, and Living in Between
Stanley Hauerwas begins this volume with a vigorous response to the charge of sectarianism leveled against his work by James Gustafson, among others. "Show me where I am wrong about God, Jesus, the limits of liberalism, the nature of the virtues, or the doctrine of the church," Hauerwas replies to his critics, "but do not shortcut that task by calling me a sectarian."
The essays that follow explore in a lucid, compelling, firm, and provocative way the church's nature, message, and ministry in the world. Hauerwas writes on the church as God's new language, on clerical character, on the pastor as prophet, on the ministry of the local congregation, on grace and public virtue, and on the relation of church and university.
Underlying Hauerwas's argument is his conviction that "the most important knowledge Christian convictions involve, and there is much worth knowing for which Christians have no special claim, requires a transformation of the self. Christianity is no 'world view,' not a form of primitive metaphysics, that can be assessed in comparison to alternative 'world views.' Rather, Christians are people who remain convinced that the truthfulness of their beliefs must be demonstrated in their lives. There is a sense in which Christian convictions are self-referential, but the reference is not to propositions but to lives."
With the Grain of the Universe: The Church's Witness and Natural Theology
Stanley Hauerwas is a no-nonsense, confessional Christian theologian whose scholarship, sometimes disputed yet always demanding a response, has earned him a prominent reputation on the theological horizon. This fall, Brazos Press is proud to present With the Grain of the Universe: The Church's Witness and Natural Theology, Hauerwas's distinguished Gifford lectures at the University of St. Andrews (2001).Reviews
These lectures explore how natural theology, divorced from a confessional doctrine of God, inevitably distorts our understanding of God's character and the world in which we live. Hauerwas criticizes those who use natural theology to defend theism as the philosophical prerequisite to confessional claims. Instead, after Karl Barth, he argues that natural theology should witness to "the non-Godforsakeness of the world, even under the conditions of sin."
Stanley Hauerwas has good news for the church: theology can still tell us something significant about the way things are. In fact, the church is more than a social institution, and the cross of Christ, never peripheral, is central to knowing God. Whatever our native moral intelligence, the truth that is God is not available apart from moral transformation. Ultimately-and despite the scars left by modernity-theology must translate into a life transformed by confession and the witness of the church.
The Hauerwas Reader
Stanley Hauerwas is one of the most widely read and oft-cited theologians writing today. A prolific lecturer and author, he has been at the forefront of key developments in contemporary theology, ranging from narrative theology to the “recovery of virtue.” Yet despite his prominence and the esteem reserved for his thought, his work has never before been collected in a single volume that provides a sense of the totality of his vision.
The editors of The Hauerwas Reader, therefore, have compiled and edited a volume that represents all the different periods and phases of Hauerwas’s work. Highlighting both his constructive goals and penchant for polemic, the collection reflects the enormous variety of subjects he has engaged, the different genres in which he has written, and the diverse audiences he has addressed. It offers Hauerwas on ethics, virtue, medicine, and suffering; on euthanasia, abortion, and sexuality; and on war in relation to Catholic and Protestant thought. His essays on the role of religion in liberal democracies, the place of the family in capitalist societies, the inseparability of Christianity and Judaism, and on many other topics are included as well.
Perhaps more than any other author writing on religious topics today, Hauerwas speaks across lines of religious traditions, appealing to Methodists, Jews, Anabaptists or Mennonites, Catholics, Episcopalians, and others.