With the Grain of the Universe: The Church's Witness and Natural Theology

With the Grain of the Universe: The Church's Witness and Natural Theology

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by Stanley Hauerwas
     
 

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This major work by one of the world's top theologians offers a provocative and closely argued perspective on natural theology. Stanley Hauerwas shows 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. This critically acclaimed book, winner of a Christianity

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This major work by one of the world's top theologians offers a provocative and closely argued perspective on natural theology. Stanley Hauerwas shows 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. This critically acclaimed book, winner of a Christianity Today Book Award, is now in paper. It includes a new afterword that sets the book in contemporary context and responds to critics.

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Library Journal
Those invited to give the Gifford Lectures in natural theology, offered annually at Saint Andrew's University, Scotland, generally avoid presenting anything denominationally based. In the 2001 lectures, transcribed here with copious footnotes, Hauerwas (theological ethics, Duke Univ.; Resident Aliens) consciously disregarded that practice. He instead treats the Christian, Trinitarian God by considering the philosophies of four previous Gifford lecturers: William James, Reinhold Niebuhr, Karl Barth, and Alasdair MacIntyre. Hauerwas views the theologies of James and Niebuhr as lacking the full doctrine of God and considers Barth's theology to be a better representative of what theology should be, i.e., the recognition that God can only fully be known as he reveals himself through Jesus. Hauerwas's more traditional Christian view will certainly not be accepted by everyone, but it is a well-reasoned argument. Recommended for seminary and larger public libraries. Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801048982
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/15/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Hauerwas (PhD, Yale University) is professor emeritus of divinity and law at Duke Divinity School. He is the author of over forty books, including Cross-Shattered Christ, A Cross-Shattered Church, War and the American Difference, and Matthew in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible.

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With the Grain of the Universe: The Church's Witness and Natural Theology 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first of Hauerwas's books I've read. It was intellectually challenging and well-reasoned. More importantly, though, it challenged me to try to be a better, more faithful witness in the world to what our active, Creator God has done for us in Jesus of Nazereth. My only complaint is that the author's concluding charge seemed to come out of nowhere and focus not on the church--even though I agreed with his suggestions for dialogue within the university setting.