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Dispatches from the front : theological engagements with the secular
Hauerwas, Stanley, 1940-
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Positioning: In the church and university but not of either -- Constancy and forgiveness: The novel as a school for virtue -- On honor: By way of a comparison of Karl Barth and Trollope -- Why truthfulness requires forgiveness: A commencement address for graduates of a college of the church of the second chance -- The democratic policing of Christianity -- Creation as apocalyptic: A tribute to William Stringfellow with Jeff Powell -- Can a pacifist think about war? -- Whose "just" war? Which peace? -- Why gays (as a group) are morally superior to Christians (as a group) -- Communitarians and medical ethicists: Or, "why I am none of the above" -- Killing compassion -- The church and the mentally handicapped: A continuing challenge to the imagination.


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eBook ER214797 BT738 .H32 1994 Electronic Resources

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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.