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."
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About the Author
Stanley M. Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at the Divinity School of Duke University.
Table of Contents
I The Practice Of The Church's Story
A Tale of Two Stories: On Being a Christian and a Texan 25
The Church as God's New Language 47
Reconciling the Practice of Reason: Casuistry in a Christian Context 67
Peacemaking: The Virtue of the Church 89
II The Ministry Of The Church
The Gesture of a Truthful Story 101
The Ministry of a Congregation: Rethinking Christian Ethics for a Church-Centered Seminary 111
Clerical Character 133
The Pastor as Prophet: Ethical Reflections on an Improbable Mission 149
III Serving In The World
A Christian Critique of Christian America 171
Virtue in Public 191
Hope Faces Power: Thomas More and the King of England 199
Truth and Honor: The University and the Church in a Democratic Age 221
How Christian Universities Contribute to the Corruption of Youth 237
Taking Time For Peace: The Ethical Significance of the Trivial 253