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A Christian theologian?/social critic from Texas?.  He is a pacifist and challenges the status quo of American [Christianity], often upsetting many. --AR

Notable for co-writing "Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony", ISBN 0687361591 and writing the sequel "After Christendom? How the Church Is to Behave If Freedom, Justice, and a Christian Nation Are Bad Ideas", ISBN 0687009294 . His writing is challenging in several ways: AngelaRayner is known to exclaim that it all makes sense as long as you've read everything else he's written as well. But even if not, he prompts one to consider how much we've unintentionally taken on board of our culture's attitudes. The challenges come on all sorts of subjects, and it would be difficult to list them all here. But I'd say he's one of those authors that it's worth reading something by, even if you end up disagreeing vigorously with him. --AlexChurchill

Hmmm, I don't remember saying that it makes sense as long as you've written everything else as well...  I might have done.  However, he is often labelled as reactionary and provocative for not spelling out everything he says.  --AR




Yeah - for reference it would be nice if you would talk about which cultural mores he is against.  The first book title either seems to be making the implicit assumption that church=freedom or at least is saying that freedom and justice are bad... which is slightly hard to justify.  --Vitenka

Hauerwas says ("Performing the Faith", ISBN 1587430762 , p.220) "The subtitle (How the Church Is to Behave If Freedom, Justice, and a Christian Nation Are Bad Ideas) was not mine but suggested by an editor at Abingdon Press. This does not mean I should not be held responsible for the impression the title gives that I think justice is a bad idea. What I think are bad ideas are abstract accounts of justice divorced from the practices through which people discover the goods they have in common." I'll leave someone else the task of expounding precisely what he is agin', but in the case of Justice at least, JohnRawls? would appear to be a fairly concise and accurate answer! --RB
*ears prick* Is that another theologian I hear?  Do you care to reveal yourself RB?  --AR
Not a theologian I'm afraid, though certainly a TheologyGeek (nice to find a label I think fits me). I've helped myself now to a homepage --RB


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