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“We complain of the increased tempo of our lives, but our frenetic lives are just reflection of the economic system that we have created.”
-Stanley Hauerwas
Born on this date, 1940

*** Books by Stanley Hauerwas
 
Poem of the Day:
Brotherhood
by Liberty Hyde Bailey
(Because every day is INTERdependence Day)
*** Our intro to Bailey’s life & work.

 
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The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life
by Robert Webber

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The Wake Up Call – July 24, 2014

 

Grace Upon Grace

A Feature Review of

Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction

Nicholas Healy

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2014
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Reviewed by Jordan Daniel Wood

 

Many of us have benefited from the provocative, incisively critical work of theological ethicist Stanley Hauerwas. Here Roman Catholic theologian Nicolas Healy offers a critique no less provocative: Hauerwas’s program to promote the visible distinctiveness of the Church and its practices lacks what is most distinctive about Christianity – its theology (9-10, 16).
 
Such a sweeping critique need not indicate Healy’s failure to appreciate Hauerwas’s work. Healy makes a helpful distinction between a thinker’s “agenda” and “argument,” which together constitute one’s “project” (4). One’s agenda comprises the changes one desires to see in the Church and its life. One’s argument is how one attempts to present and persuade others to adopt that agenda. While Healy agrees with much of Hauerwas’s “agenda,” he takes issue with Hauerwas’s “argument” in three major areas: methodology, social theory, and theology (6). These weaknesses “undermine” Hauerwas’s agenda and demonstrate that “his argument needs considerable revision” (9).
 
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Approaching the End: Eschatological Reflections on Church, Politics, and Life
By Stanley Hauerwas

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A Jewish Engagement with Christian Postliberalism

A Brief Review of

Another Reformation:
Postliberal Christianity and the Jews

By Peter Ochs

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2011
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Reviewed by Alex Joyner

There was a time in the 1960s and 70s when it seemed that the Barthian impact on theology was beginning to wane.  Liberation theologies and even a resurgent liberal impulse dominated many mainline seminaries.  A resurgent political evangelicalism captivated the right.  In the midst of this, Yale was producing a new group of scholars, influenced by Barth and the ecumenical movements.  Hans Frei and David Lindbeck were the leading edge of this wave soon dubbed postliberalism.  A similar movement was burgeoning on the other side of the Atlantic at Cambridge.

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A Brief Review of

Unsettling Arguments:
A Festschrift on the Occasion of
Stanley Hauerwas’s 70th Birthday
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Pinches / Johnson / Collier, eds.
Paperback: Cascade Books, 2010.
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Reviewed by Chris Enstad.

“Stanley Hauerwas is something of a character.”  With these understated words Charles Pinches, Kelly Johnson, and Charles Collier open the introduction to this collection of writings gathered to honor Stanley Hauerwas.  How does one honor this towering presence in the Church?  How does one write about a theologian who so steadily resists categorization?  How does one interact with a teacher and preacher who stands as a polemicist and intellectual-radical yet who continues, to this day, to operate as one who loves the Church and Jesus?

Hauerwas was born the son of a bricklayer and his upbringing would have pointed to any other vocation than the one in which we find him today.  Indeed he is quick to point out that he is among the most surprised to find himself a Christian!  Eighteen former students, many of whom are now teachers themselves, have written essays in honor of, in disagreement with, in criticism of, but always in conversation with Stanley Hauerwas.

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“Applying Yoder’s Theo-political
Thought to the Question of History”

A Review of
Christ, History and Apocalyptic:
The Politics of Christian Mission.

by Nathan Kerr.

 Reviewed by Chase Roden.

 

Christ, History and Apocalyptic:
The Politics of Christian Mission.

Nathan Kerr.
Paperback: Cascade Books, 2009.
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How does the confession of Jesus Christ as Lord affect a Christian’s view of history?  Professor of theology and philosophy Nathan Kerr begins his recent book with this deceptively simple question.  And although it may seem esoteric, in the course of under 200 pages Kerr makes the case that the role of history should be a central question for 21st-century Christians.  Kerr believes that modernism has made an idol of historical processes, and therefore even the concept of “history” is a hindrance to the true confession of Christ’s lordship.  Kerr lays out the key features of an alternative, “apocalyptic” vision of history — one that places God’s interruptive action in the person of Jesus of Nazareth at the center of all historical interpretation.

 

At this point, you may be wondering how our concept of history can be so harmful as to be considered idolatrous.  The answer to that involves the issues of the book’s subtitle: politics and Christian mission.  Following John Howard Yoder, Kerr sees Jesus’s work on earth and the continued action of the Holy Spirit as inherently political; Kerr has an Anabaptist’s earthy, “real” concept of Jesus’s mission as involving not primarily the heart or mind, but the everyday lives and actions of individuals and communities with regard to one another.  For Kerr and Yoder, the events of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus inaugurate the reign of God, in which the Church doesn’t just carry out the mission of God, but in which the Church is God’s mission.  Continue Reading…

 

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