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Select Works of Stanley Hauerwas (6 vols.)

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Wipf & Stock, Cascade 1997–2011

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Overview

Stanley Hauerwas is one of the most influential American theologians of the last 50 years. The impact of his work reverberates across many fields—theology, ethics, politcs, jurisprudence, and more. Celebrated by theologians and ministers across denominational lines—and a lively dialogue partner of both Christian and non-Christian intellectuals—Hauerwas infuses stimulating, theological discourse with color, vitality, and humor.

This collection provides a glimpse of the wide range of issues Hauerwas has addressed in his long career. Four volumes of essays, sermons, and prayers reveal the profound faith that undergirds his academic work. His Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary remains an influential statement on Christian political engagement, and conveys Hauerwas’ unique brand of radical democracy.

He’s lent his intellect and influence to numerous subjects, but Hauerwas is a theologian at heart. An early champion of narrative theology, he provides a thorough primer on the approach with Why Narrative? Readings in Narrative Theology. Finally, his Working with Words: On Learning to Speak Christian demonstrates the importance of language for theological discourse, showing how the words theologians use to speak about God is just as important as their content.

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Key Features

  • Provides a glimpse into the life’s work of an influential theologian
  • Includes volumes on politics and theology as well as collected sermon, essays, and prayers
  • Features essays on narrative theology

Product Details

Individual Titles

Christian Existence Today: Essays on Church, World, and Living in Between

  • Author: Stanley Hauerwas
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 282

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In the opening essay of this collection, Stanley Hauerwas vigorously responds to the charge of sectarianism leveled against him by James Gustafson and others. “Show me where I am wrong about God, Jesus, the limits of liberalism, the nature of the virtues, or the doctrine of the church,” Hauerwas replies, “but do not shortcut that task by calling me a sectarian.” The essays that follow explore—in a lucid, compelling, firm, and provocative way—the church’s nature, message, and ministry in the world.

Hauerwas writes on the church as God’s new language, on clerical character, on the pastor as prophet, on the ministry of the local congregation, on grace and public virtue, and on the relation of church and university.

Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary: Conversations between a Radical Democrat and a Christian

  • Authors: Stanley Hauerwas and Romand Coles
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 378

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Theologian Stanley Hauerwas and political theorist Romand Coles explore possibilities and practices of radical democracy and radical church, shifting political and theological imaginations beyond the limits of contemporary political formations which, they argue, are based upon both the denial and production of death.

Hauerwas and Coles call for a revolutionary politics of “wild patience” that transforms societies through listening, relationship-building, and careful attention to places, common goods, and diversity. Engaging one another through a variety of genres—from essays, to letters, to co-writing and dialogue—Hauerwas and Coles present a political approach that is evangelical, inclusive, and challenging. Pushing and pulling each other into new and insightful journeys of political imagination, they spur the reader toward politics that acknowledges and enacts the powers of the radical ordinary.

This book gives me hope. It takes the conversation over Christianity and democracy in a most welcome direction: away from ‘ism-mongering’ and abstractions, down to earth, where instructive and inspiring examples can be found.

—Jeffrey Stout, author, Democracy and Tradition

This book is indispensable for those seeking to animate democratic spirituality.

William E. Connolly, author, Capitalism and Christianity, American Style

Romand Coles engages in grassroots politics in Durham, North Carolina, and was an associate professor of political science and Germanic languages and literature at Duke University. He is currently professor and F.M. McAllister Endowed Chair at Northern Arizona University. He is the author of Beyond Gated Politics: Reflections for the Possibility of Democracy and Self/Power/Other: Political Theory and Dialogical Ethics.

Disrupting Time: Sermons, Prayers, and Sundries

  • Author: Stanley Hauerwas
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 252

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These sermons, essays, and interviews reveal the keen theological insight, good humor, and provocative arguments that have made Stanley Hauerwas an esteemed author and theologian.

Stanley Hauerwas is a man of many gifts. These include wide and deep learning, passion about the issues of the day, a pastoral heart, a love of the Lord Jesus, and a puckish humor that permeates everything he does.

Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

This is a wonderfully fresh book.

Ellen F. Davis, professor of Bible and practical theology, Duke Divinity School

Prayers Plainly Spoken

  • Author: Stanley Hauerwas
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 132

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“If anything, these prayers are plain. They are so because I discovered I could not pray differently than I speak. In other words, I thought it would be a mistake to try to assume a different identity when I prayed. I figured . . . that God could take it, because God did not need to be protected. I think I learned this over the years by praying the Psalms in church. God does not want us to come to the altar different from how we live the rest of our lives. Therefore, I do not try to be pious or use pious language in these prayers. I try to speak plainly, yet I hope with some eloquence, since nothing is more eloquent than simplicity.”

So writes Stanley Hauerwas in the introduction to this collection of prayers that are as inimitable as the widely respected theologian himself. Originally prayed in Hauerwas’ divinity school classroom—on a variety of occasions including war, births, Yom Kippur, and the death of a beloved cat—they not only display an invigorating faith but demonstrate how late-modern Christians can pray with all the passion, turbulence, and life of the ancient psalmists.

Why Narrative? Readings in Narrative Theology

  • Authors: Stanley Hauerwas and Gregory L. Jones
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 376

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Narrative theology is still with us, to the delight of some and to the chagrin of others. This diverse collection of essays on narrative theology has has been used as an introductory resource in university and seminary theology classes, but it’s also an ideal primer for the educated layperson or church study group. Gregory L. Jones and Stanley Hauerwas present representative essays emphasizing the place of narrative in areas such as personal identity and human action, biblical hermeneutics, epistemology, and theological and ethical method.

I anticipate that the book will become both a primary tool for much teaching and a crucial point of reference for further work.

——Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

Gregory L. Jones has served since 1997 as the 11th dean of Duke Divinity School, and since 2008 as the president and CEO of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. A widely-recognized scholar and church leader, Jones is the author of Embodying Forgiveness: A Theological Analysis, Forgiving as We’ve Been Forgiven: Community Practices for Making Peace, and Everyday Matters: Intersection of Life and Faith.

Working with Words: On Learning to Speak Christian

  • Author: Stanley Hauerwas
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 340

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This collection of essays, lectures, and sermons by Stanley Hauerwas focuses on the central challenge, risk, and difficulty of this necessity—working with words about God. The theologian’s task is to help us do things with words. If the word “God” is to be properly used by Christians, it must be disciplined by Christian practice. Like any word, we must learn how to say it rightly.

The essays and sermons in Working with Words reveal that the vibrancy of Stanley Hauerwas arises from his single-minded, manic determination to learn from Jesus and the Scriptures to see and speak as a Christian—and to teach other Christians to do the same.

Peter J. Leithart, president, Trinity House Institute for Biblical, Liturgical, & Cultural Studies

About Stanley Hauerwas

Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University. Prior to that, he was a professor at the University of Notre Dame. In 2001, he was named “America’s Best Theologian” by TIME Magazine. Hauerwas is the author of numerous books, including A Better Hope: Resources for a Church Confronting Capitalism, Democracy, and Postmodernity, With the Grain of the Universe: The Church’s Witness and Natural Theology, and A Cross-Shattered Church: Reclaiming the Theological Heart of Preaching.