Dispatches from the Front: Theological Engagements with the Secular

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Duke University Press, 1995 - Religion - 248 pages
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God knows it is hard to make God boring, Stanley Hauerwas writes, but American Christians, aided and abetted by theologians, have accomplished that feat. Whatever might be said about Hauerwas—and there is plenty—no one has ever accused him of being boring, and in this book he delivers another jolt to all those who think that Christian theology is a matter of indifference to our secular society.
At once Christian theology and social criticism, this book aims to show that the two cannot be separated. In this spirit, Hauerwas mounts a forceful attack on current sentimentalities about the significance of democracy, the importance of the family, and compassion, which appears here as a literally fatal virtue. In this time of the decline of religious knowledge, when knowing a little about a religion tends to do more harm than good, Hauerwas offers direction to those who would make Christian discourse both useful and truthful. Animated by a deep commitment, his essays exhibit the difference that Christian theology can make in the shaping of lives and the world.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
PARTI BEHIND THE LINES
19
The Novel as a School
31
By Way of a Comparison of Karl Barth
58
The Democratic Policing of Christianity
91
A Tribute to William Stringfellow
107
Can a Pacifist Think About War?
116
Whose Just War? Which Peace?
136
Why Gays as a Group Are Morally Superior to Christians
153
Killing Compassion
164
A Continuing
177
Notes
187
Index
233
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Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University. He is the author of numerous books, the most recent being In Good Company: The Church as Polis. He is also co-editor, with Alasdair MacIntyre, of a book series entitled "Revisions: Changing Perspectives in Moral Philosophy."

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