Stanley Hauerwas – take 3

Posted by on May 28, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Stanley Hauerwas (1940- ) is a noted American theologian, ethicist and academic. Here is a third look of some of his thoughts. For those who would like to read more of Hauerwas, here is a link to Patrik Hagman’s blog which provides a complete guide to his work.

  • For Christians do not place their hope in their children, but rather their children are a sign of their hope… that God has not abandoned this world. Stanley Hauerwas
  • The courageous have fears that cowards never know. Stanley Hauerwas
  • A social order bent on producing wealth as an end in itself cannot avoid the creation of a people whose souls are superficial and whose daily life is captured by sentimentalities. They will ask questions like “why does a good God let bad things happen to good people”, such people cannot imagine that a people once existed who produced and sang the psalms. If we learn to say “God” we will do so with the prayer “My God my God why have you forsaken me?” Stanley Hauerwas
  • The loss of Christendom gives us a joyous opportunity to reclaim the freedom to proclaim the gospel in a way in which we cannot when the main social task of the church is to serve as one among many helpful props for the state. Stanley Hauerwas

Of course I wouldn’t have covered key Hauerwas quotes without duplicating his celebrated summary: “Jesus is Lord, and everything else is bullshit.”

As always, nice chatting…

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