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Why Narrative? Readings in Narrative Theology

Narrative Theology. Yes, you have probably heard the term. These days, it seems, Narrative Theology is in demand. It’s no small wonder! Our faith is built upon narrative! The Christmas season we are just beginning to enter only emphasizes the fact. The story of the Incarnation will be told, re-told, sung, illustrated, and celebrated around dinning room tables all over the world during this Christmas season. The narrative nature of our Christian faith is most obvious in times of holiday. It has always been so and it will continue to be so. Read More »

Hauerwas on the End of Religious Pluralism

Stanley Hauerwas video and audio lecture: The End of Religious Pluralism.

The Gospel is not Accidentally Narrative

If you have not put The Peaceable Kingdom on your bookshelf yet then you need to stop reading this post immediately and go to Amazon and order it (or your book seller of preference, of course). It is a must read for all Christians, especially those interested in Christian living and ethics. Read More »

Abstracting Postmodernism, Pluralism, and Ethics

I’m chasing an interesting and abstract thought re: the philosophical relationship between postmodernism, liberal religious pluralism, and ethics. I’ll begin with a fantastic quote by Stanley Hauerwas. The following excerpt is from The Peaceable Kingdom:

“All ethical reflection occurs relative to a particular time and place. Not only do ethical problems change from one time to the next, but the very nature and structure of ethics is determined by the particularities of a community’s history and convictions. From this perspective the notion of ‘ethics’ is misleading, since it seems to suggest that ‘ethics’ is an identifiable discipline that is constant across history. In fact, much of the burden of this book will be to suggest that ethics always requires an adjective of qualifier - such as, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Existentialist, Pragmatic, Utilitarian, Humanist, Medieval, Modern - in order to denote the social and historical character of ethics as a discipline. This is not to suggest that ethics does not address an identifiable set of relatively constant questions - the nature of good or right, freedom and the nature of human behavior, the place and status of rules and virtues - but any response to these questions necessarily draws on the particular convictions of historic communities to whom such questions may have significantly different meanings.” Read More »

A Stanley Hauerwas Weekend Reader

Having completed the majority of assigned historical readings in my independent study of Anabaptist Theology, my wise theology professor saw fit to expose me to Stanley Hauerwas works.

Stanley Hauerwas is United Methodist theologian, Christian Ethicist, and Professor of Law. Hauerwas’s work is characterized by a dedication to non-violence, anti-nationalism, and a serious disregard for Biblical interpretations and/or the hermeneutic methodologies of the liberal left and fundamentalist right. He’s all about the Gospel. It is a dedication that resonates. His mentor was Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder; thus his Anabaptist tendencies in the UMC setting. So, this weekend, I’m reading Unleashing the Scripture: Freeing the Bible from Captivity to America, and The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics. I’m a little shy of halfway through each, at this point. So far, I’m saying a lot of “Hallelujahs!” Hauerwas hits the mark often, and sometimes pretty bluntly too (his thoughts on ethics are really making me think). The following are a few excerpted examples of his accuracy in the aforementioned texts: Read More »