Paul writes – Today, a trinity of statements made by Stanley Hauerwas in his essay Where Would I Be Without Friends? In Faithfulness and Fortitude: In Conversation with the Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas (pub. 2000) edited by Mark Thiessen Nation and Samuel Wells. It’s a rich collection of essays interacting with Hauerwas the Theologian. Contributors include Nation and Wells, John Milbank, Ann Loades, Stephen Sykes, Linda Woodhead, Duncan B. Forrester, Colin Gunton, Gerard Loughlin, and Enda McDonagh.“…I think it is impossible for us as Christians to understand why what we believe is true when our ‘beliefs’ about God have been abstracted from fundamental practices such as caring for the mentally handicapped or practices such as fidelity in marriage or non-violence…” (italics, mine), p. 321.
“…Discipleship is not a subject to be treated after Christological reflection but rather how we are called to follow Christ is inseparable from our knowing who Christ is…” (italics, mine), p. 322.
“… I have always thought it necessary for Christians to develop ways of life, cultural habits, to sustain our calling. I have also assumed that we would find such habits present in various ways among those who do not understand themselves as Christian. What I rejected is the presumption that Christians in the name of being players is so-called liberal or pluralist societies should downplay the way of life that makes us Christians…” (italics, mine), p. 325.
I also commend a new book about Hauerwas's theology by John B. Thompson, whose earlier book on Stanley Hauerwas' ecclesiology, I really really appreciated. I'm going to enjoy reading my copy of Thompson's latest. It's well laid out, has good content, and I like the reflective questions he asks throughout it. Andy Goodliff offers a brief review here. I've previously reflected on Hauerwas / Thompson and distinctiveness as a missional strategy here.