By Stanley Hauerwas
At as soon as Christian theology and social feedback, this booklet goals to teach that the 2 can't be separated. during this spirit, Hauerwas mounts a forceful assault on present sentimentalities concerning the value of democracy, the significance of the kinfolk, and compassion, which seems right here as a actually deadly advantage. during this time of the decline of spiritual wisdom, while realizing a bit a few faith has a tendency to do extra damage than strong, Hauerwas bargains course to people who could make Christian discourse either worthwhile and honest. lively via a deep dedication, his essays express the variation that Christian theology could make within the shaping of lives and the world.
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Theologians now are identified by positions, Bultmannians, Barthians, Process, Liberal, Post-liberal-that help us forget we serve no recognizable Christian community. Yet it is probably because I was trained in theology at Yale that I feel uncomfortable to be in such a position. At Yale, at least during the years I was there, I was taught to engage in the activity of theology as a tradition-determined activity without ever being determined by anyone tradition-other than Yale. No wonder I have come to care so deeply for the church; it is the only protection I had against Yale.
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Dispatches From the Front: Theological Engagements With the Secular by Stanley Hauerwas