After Christendom: How the Church Is to Behave If Freedom, Justice, and a Christian Nation Are Bad Ideas

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Abingdon Press, Jul 1, 2011 - Religion
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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 Emeritus of Divinity and Law at the Divinity School at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He has written a voluminous number of articles, authored and edited many books, and has been the subject of other theologians' writing and interest. He has been a board member of the Society of Christian Ethics, Associate Editor of a number of Christian journals and periodicals, and a frequent lecturer at campuses across the country.

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