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A Better Hope

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A Leading Theologian Reflects on the Challenges of the American Church


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A Leading Theologian Reflects on the Challenges of the American Church
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A leading American theologian reflects on the challenges of the American church & explores how the church can faithfully survive in a peculiarly American Christian ethical system.
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By his own admission never one to duck a good fight, Stanley Hauerwas has in the past three decades established himself as one of our most important and most disputatious theologians. With A Better Hope, he concentrates on the constructive case for the truth and power of the church and its faith, "since Christians cannot afford to let ourselves be defined by what we are against. Whatever or whomever we are against, we are so only because God has given us so much to be for." Hauerwas here crystallizes and extends profound criticisms of America, liberalism, capitalism, and postmodernism, but also identifies unlikely allies (such as Chicago Archbishop Francis Cardinal George) and locates surprising resources for Christian survival (such as mystery novels). Interlocutors along the way include Reinhold Niebuhr, John Courtney Murray, and, in a significant and previously unpublished essay, social gospeller Walter Rauschenbusch. Never boring and often telling, A Better Hope demonstrates how a thinker so often accused of being "tribal" and "sectarian" is at the same time one of few contemporary theologians read not just by other theologians, but by political scientists, philosophers, medical ethicists, law professors, and literary theorists.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 158824
  • Product Code 1587430002
  • EAN 9781587430008
  • Pages 288
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Church Life/issues
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Dec 2000
  • Sales Rank 40123
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 19mm
  • Weight 0.460kg

Stanley Hauerwas

Stanley Hauerwas (Ph.D.,Yale University) is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University. He is the author of many books, including Performing the Faith, The Peaceable Kingdom; With the Grain of the Universe; A Better Hope; Christian Existence Today.
His book, A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic, was selected as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the 20th century. Dr. Hauerwas recently authored Matthew (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible), and The State of the University: Academic Knowledges and the Knowledge of God, (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007).

  • Preface <br>introduction<br><br>part 1: The Church In The Time Called America<br> 1. On Being A Christian And An American<br> 2. The Christian Difference: Or, Surviving Postmodernism<br> 3. Resisting Capitalism: On Marriage And Homosexuality<br><br>part 2: Christian Ethics In American Time<br> 4. Christian Ethics In America (and The <i>journal Of Religious Ethics</i>): A Report On A Book I Will Not Write<br> 5. Walter Rauschenbusch And The Saving Of America<br> 6. Not Late Enough: The Divided Mind Of <i>dignitatis Humanae Personae<br></i> 7. Only Theology Overcomes Ethics: Or, What &quot;ethicists&quot; Must Learn From Jenson<br> 8. Why <i>the Politics Of Jesus</i> Is Not A Classic<br><br>part 3: Church Time<br> 9. Why Time Cannot And Should Not Heal The Wounds Of History, But Time Has Been And Can Be Redeemed<br>10. Worship, Evangelism, Ethics: On Eliminating The &quot;and&quot;<br>11. Enduring: Or, How Rowan Greer Taught Me How To Read<br>12. Captured In Time: Friendship And Aging<br>13. Sinsick<br>14. Mcinerny Did It: Or, Should A Pacifist Read Murder Mysteries?<br><br>appendix: The Ekklesia Project: A Declaration And An Invitation To All Christians<br><br>notes<br>index