R. R. Reno
--editor of First Things
"A must-read! Healy interprets Hauerwas as mirroring Schleiermacher. It’s a provocation so clearly argued that this will become a touchstone, not just for future interpretation of Hauerwas but for our engagement with a great deal of contemporary theology."
-- University of St. Andrews
"Theological controversy is an art in which few are skilled. This (very) critical response to a much-admired contemporary, however, exemplifies the virtues necessary to mount a substantial challenge without straying into invective: it keeps calm; it concentrates on matters of substance; it manifests sympathetic understanding of the body of writing which it seeks to contest; and -- more than anything -- it articulates its puzzlements and disagreements on the basis of convictions about God and the gospel."
"Nicholas Healy, a systematic theologian, has written a book that offers a provocative reading of Hauerwas's work. . . . Although it is less than 160 pages long, it is densely packed with argumentation. It is also well organized."
"Good books on contemporary theologians are rare, good critical books rarer still. This is a very good, very critical analysis of a widely esteemed and powerful Christian teacher, economically written, tightly argued, and purposive."
"It is a rare treat for an admirer to bring a sustained critical argument to the work of one he admires. That makes this book so exceptional and important, especially for readers who have been influenced by Hauerwas. A generation of Christian leaders have been challenged by his provocative teachings of Christian discipleship and theological method. Nicolas Healy provides a great gift in this book to those who want a more critical way to incorporate Hauerwas' theology and practice."
Word & World
"Hauerwas poses a unique challenge for anyone attempting to write an appraisal of his work. . . . Healy's critical introduction provides a few helpful pointers for a critique of Hauerwas."