Dispatches from the Front: Theological Engagements with the Secular / Edition 1

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Whatever might be said about Hauerwas--and there is plenty--no one has ever accused him of being boring, and in this book he delivers another jolt to all those who think that Christian theology is a matter of indifference to our secular society. Combative, incisive, always provocative, here he takes on some of the most time-honored values and troubling questions that mark our day--and in doing so reveals the pertinence of a critique of liberalism from a Christian perspective.
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Hauerwas (theological ethics, Duke U.) takes on time-honored values and troubling questions about the relationship of Christian theology to secular society and reveals the pertinence of a critique of liberalism from a Christian perspective. Hauerwas asserts that Christian theology and social criticism cannot be separated, and attacks current sentimentalities about democracy, the importance of the family, and compassion. He emphasizes the importance of forgiveness and pacifism for maintaining truthful communities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Ingratiating theology is always boring. This book is exciting just because it displays an uncompromising Christian who thinks about matters of great general concern. Stanley Hauerwas’s extraordinary intellectual energy constantly jolts one into reconsidering what one had previously taken for granted. He illustrates how a vigorous theology can participate in the common conversation."—Robert N. Bellah, author of Habits of the Heart

"Stanley Hauerwas is one of the few prophetic voices of our time—idiosyncratic, cantankerous, and challenging."—Cornel West

"Stanley Hauerwas’s criticisms of the American pieties are unanswerable. His alternatives are likely to be considered an outrage. Hooray for Hawerwas! There’s no one I’d rather be reading."—Frank Lentricchia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822317166
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University. He is the author of numerous books, the most recent being In Good Company: The Church as Polis. He is also co-editor, with Alasdair MacIntyre, of a book series entitled "Revisions: Changing Perspectives in Moral Philosophy."

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Positioning: In the Church and University But Not of Either 5
1 Constancy and Forgiveness: The Novel as a School for Virtue 31
2 On Honor: By Way of a Comparison of Karl Barth and Trollope 58
3 Why Truthfulness Requires Forgiveness: A Commencement Address for Graduates of a College of the Church of the Second Chance 80
4 The Democratic Policing of Christianity 91
5 Creation as Apocalyptic: A Tribute to William Stringfellow 107
6 Can a Pacifist Think About War? 116
7 Whose "Just" War? Which Peace? 136
8 Why Gays (as a Group) Are Morally Superior to Christians (as a Group) 153
9 Communitarians and Medical Ethicists: Or, "Why I Am None of the Above" 156
10 Killing Compassion 164
11 The Church and the Mentally Handicapped: A Continuing Challenge to the Imagination 177
Notes 187
Index 233
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