After Christendom?: How the Church is to Behave If Freedom, Justice, and a Christian Nation are Bad Ideas

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Abingdon Press, 1991 - Religion - 192 pages
Liberal/conservative and modern/postmodern concepts define contemporary theological debate. Yet what if these categories are grounded in a set of assumptions about what it means to be the church in the world, presuming we must live as though God's existence does not matter? What if our theological discussion distracts us from the fact that the church is no longer able to shape the desires and habits of Christians? Hauerwas wrestles with these and similar questions constructing a theological politics necessary for the church to be the church in the world. In so doing, he challenges liberal notions of justice and freedom.

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Hauerwas is always controversial, but usually for the sake of a larger cause, like Truth. He has a lot of fun harpooning sacred cows, but you have to realize his observations, while unsettling (the Chapter on whether Justice is a good idea, for instance) are acutely accurate. Read full review



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Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of many books, including Performing the Faith, The Peaceable Kingdom, With the Grain of the Universe, A Better Hope, and Christian Existence Today.

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