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Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the 20th century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.
-Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,
who was born on this date in 1918.
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Theory of Prayer
by Thomas Merton
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The Wake Up Call – December 11, 2014

 

Stanley Hauerwas

Today is the birthday of theologian Stanley Hauerwas!

Although I don’t always agree with him, Stanley Hauerwas’s work (and that of his many students, e.g., Phil Kenneson and others associated with The Ekklesia Project) has been absolutely vital to the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I co-wrote.

In honor of his birthday, I pick out 10 brief video clips of Hauerwas talking about key virtues and practices related to Slow Church. If you want to read one book by Stanley Hauerwas that is most compatible with Slow Church, I suggest Living Gently in a Violent World (co-written with Jean Vanier).

Several of these clips were made by Travis Reed of The Work of the People. Be sure to visit his website, check out other extraordinary videos he has created and contribute generously to his work!
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Enjoy these short videos with Stanley Hauerwas:

Prayer/Waiting | Presence | Church Growth Movement
Patience | Formation in the Church  | The Whole Church  | 
Joy
Hope is Presence | Engaging Evangelicals  | Community and Conflict

Prayer and Waiting:

“If prayer has taught me anything, it has taught me how to wait.”

 




 

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Image Credit: From the cover to Hauerwas’s memoir Hannah’s Child… (Buy it now!)

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Stanley Hauerwas maintains that the election of Pope Francis signals the Catholic Church’s solidarity with the poor…

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Hauerwas - War and the American DifferenceAlthough it will not hit the shelves of bookstores until early October, Stanley Hauerwas’s newest book promises to be useful in helping churches think about Christian faithfulness in the United States in a post-9/11 world.

War and the American Difference:
Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity
.
Stanley Hauerwas.
Paperback: Baker Acadmic, 2011.
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“How the church can, should and does practice
her mission in a post/late modern world

A review of
Walk Humbly with the Lord:
Church and Mission Engaging Plurality

Viggo Mortensen and Andreas Osterund Nielsen, eds.

Review by Stephen Lawson.


WALK HUMBLY WITH THE LORDWalk Humbly with the Lord:
Church and Mission Engaging Plurality

Viggo Mortensen and Andreas Osterund Nielsen, eds.
Paperback: Eerdmans, 2010.
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Recently, Roman Catholics, Mainline Protestants and Evangelical Protestants jointly released the document “Christian Witness in a Multi Religious World” (go here to read about it and download), a kind of global code of conduct for mission and evangelism. This remarkable collaboration testifies to the increasing importance of mission. In ecumenical discussions, mission has gradually supplanted ecclesiology, providing more fruitful soil to till for dialogue. Moreover, mission has become increasingly important as the long and painful process of the disestablishment of the church from Christendom in the West continues, resulting in the rise of ‘missional’ churches. Even as the church dwindles in the West, mission expands in both practice and reflection in the two-thirds world (for example, in Liberation Theology).

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“How then Shall we Speak?

A review of
Working with Words:
On Learning to Speak Christian

by Stanley Hauerwas.

Review by Chase Roden.


Working with Words:
On Learning to Speak Christian
.
Stanley Hauerwas.
Paperback: Wipf and Stock, 2011.
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Christ as true king. The church as polis. Constantinianism as idolatry. Those familiar with Stanley Hauerwas already know his major themes and vocabulary. Although he has spent decades working with these ideas – many of which he inherited and adapted from John Howard Yoder – Hauerwas continues to explore them in new and interesting ways, applying his interpretation of the nonviolent gospel to different contexts. Because the core of Hauerwas’s work contains such radical ideas which run counter to the implicit thought of mainstream American Christianity, many Christians keep coming back to his writings year after year for a fresh perspective.

For these readers, there will not be many surprises in Working with Words: On Learning to Speak Christian, a new collection of Hauerwas’s writings. In it the Duke professor of theological ethics presents a “kitchen sink” bundle of writings admittedly not intended to form any particular argument. The writings are quite varied; of the 22 works presented (including the appendix), 13 are essays (five co-written), seven are sermons, and three are addresses – a commencement speech, a lecture, and one fascinating speech to a Christian youth conference at Duke Divinity School.

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“A Life Lived In the Light of the Gospel

A Review of
Hannah’s Child:
A Theologian’s Memoir
.

by Stanley Hauerwas.

Reviewed by Margaret Smith Roark.


Hannah’s Child:
A Theologian’s Memoir
.

by Stanley Hauerwas.
Hardback: Eerdmans, 2010.
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Hannah's Child - Stanley HauerwasStanley Hauerwas believes his life was shaped by a story his mother told him. Like Hannah in the Bible, she prayed for a child and promised to dedicate him to the Lord. (He was only named Stanley instead of Samuel because his parents saw the film “Stanley and Livingstone” just before he was born.) As a child, Hauerwas heard this story many times, and he believes that it set him on the path of faith. He first began studying theology because he wanted to talk about what matters. But over the years, this disinterested point-of-view became something far more powerful: a Christianity of devotion and conviction, a transforming lens through which to see the world.

Be warned. A theologian’s memoir, at least this one, entails lots of lists: lists of other theologians—their books, their arguments, their influence, occasionally and tiresomely, their college appointments.  Foremost a love song to friendship and the life of the mind., the book charts Hauerwas’s trajectory through different academic venues, primarily, Yale Divinity School where he began to explore and define the Christian virtues; Notre Dame where, through challenging and devout colleagues, he grew to love (and almost converted to) Roman Catholicism; and Duke Divinity School where he now teaches and challenges those who would divorce ethics from theology.

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We  have recently made a slight change to our format and the reviews, excerpts, poems, etc. of our Midweek update will be posted to “pages” on the ERB website, and announced via social media.  If you’re a “first-to-know” sort of person, you can get these updates when they first come out in one of two ways:

Otherwise, in our regular issue each Friday, we will recap the content of our midweek update.  For instance, this week’s update included:

 

“Being Transformed
In the Direction of a World without Death”

A Review of
After You Believe:
Why Christian Character Matters.

N.T. Wright.

Reviewed by Chris Smith.

After You Believe:
Why Christian Character Matters.

N.T. Wright
.
Hardback: HarperOne, 2010.
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NT Wright - AFTER YOU BELIEVEN.T. Wright’s newest book, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters, follows in the footsteps of two of his other recent books 2006’s Simply Christian — which makes a case for Christianity in a fashion not unlike that of C.S. Lewis’s classic Mere Christianity — and 2008’s Surprised by Hope — which explores in depth resurrection and the biblical concept of heaven.  Wright describes the trajectory of the three book in this new volume’s preface: “Christian life in the present, with its responsibilities and particular callings, is to be understood and shaped in relation to the final goal for which we have been made and redeemed.  The better we understand that goal, the better we shall understand the path toward it” (ix).  All three of these books are excellent, but this newest volume is most relevant to the sort of holistic Christian faith that we regularly advocate for here in the pages of The Englewood Review.  Wright’s case for the significance of Christian character is based on the philosophical concept of virtue, which he traces back to the Greek philosopher Aristotle, although he emphasizes that for the Church, the Aristotelian concept of virtue must be reinterpreted through the lenses of Scripture and the tradition of the Church.  His locating the focus of Christian ethics — for that in a nutshell is what After You Believe is about — in virtue is much endebted to the work of Roman Catholic philosopher Alasdair Macintyre and noted theologian Stanley Hauerwas, whose work relies heavily upon that of Macintyre.  However, although Wright does believe that the church is essential to the redemptive work of God in the world, After You Believe seems to evade the strongly communitarian themes that drive the work of Hauerwas and Macintyre. For instance, for the first half of the book, Wright addresses virtue in almost completely individualistic terms and only in the second half of the book does he begin to explore the role of the Church in the development of virtue.  Finally, in the last chapter he gets around to making the crucial point that “[O]ne of the primary locations where, and means by which, any of us learns the habits of the Christian heart and life is what we loosely call the church” (272), noting that this is not a book on ecclesiology.  Although Wright is a bit reticent on the role of the Church in the development of virtue, we should be clear that he is also not a thoroughgoing individualist.  For instance, he drives home the point early in the book that:

Christian virtue isn’t about you — your happiness, your fulfillment, your self-realization.  It’s about God and God’s kingdom, and your discovery of a genuine human experience by the paradoxical route — the route God himself took in Jesus Christ! — of giving yourself away , of generous love which refuses to take center stage (70).

Despite his overall minimization of the Church’s role in the development of virtue, After You Believe is an excellent book and makes a strong case for virtue as the demonstration of the Holy Spirit’s “transformation of character” in us.

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Living Gently in a Violent World:
The Prophetic Witness of Weakness.
(Resources for Reconciliation Series).

Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier.
Paperback: IVP Books, 2008.
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We selected this book as an Englewood Honor Book for 2008.