Stanley Hauerwas – Introductory Reading Guide.

August 14, 2015


With the release of Stanley Hauerwas’ newest book this week, we thought it would be a good time to offer an introductory guide to the work of “America’s Best Theologian” (TIME magazine, 2001).

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

*** Don’t miss some of our favorite online Hauerwas videos


7. Unleashing the Scripture: Freeing the Bible from Captivity to America


Essential reading on the question of how the church should read and use scripture in a post-Christian age. Hauerwas argues that the Bible can only be understood in the midst of a disciplined community of people, where the story is actually lived out by dedicated practitioners.

8. War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity


A more recent collection of essays on war and violence. Hauerwas explores 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. 


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