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Better Hope, A: Resources for a Church Confronting Capitalism, Democracy, and Postmodernity [Paperback]

By Stanley Hauerwas (Author)
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A leading American theologian reflects on the challenges of the American church and explores how the church can faithfully survive in a peculiarly American Christian ethical system.

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By his own admission never one to duck a good fight, Stanley Hauerwas has in the past three decades established himself as one of our most important and most disputatious theologians. With "A Better Hope," he concentrates on the constructive case for the truth and power of the church and its faith, "since Christians cannot afford to let ourselves be defined by what we are against. Whatever or whomever we are against, we are so only because God has given us so much to be for."
Hauerwas here crystallizes and extends profound criticisms of America, liberalism, capitalism, and postmodernism, but also identifies unlikely allies (such as Chicago Archbishop Francis Cardinal George) and locates surprising resources for Christian survival (such as mystery novels). Interlocutors along the way include Reinhold Niebuhr, John Courtney Murray, and, in a significant and previously unpublished essay, social gospeller Walter Rauschenbusch.
Never boring and often telling, "A Better Hope" demonstrates how a thinker so often accused of being "tribal" and "sectarian" is at the same time one of few contemporary theologians read not just by other theologians, but by political scientists, philosophers, medical ethicists, law professors, and literary theorists.

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Better Hope, A: Resources for a Church Confronting Capitalism, Democracy, and Postmodernity by Stanley Hauerwas has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/27/2000 page 73
  • Booklist - 12/01/2000 page 680

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Brazos Press
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2000
Publisher   Brazos Press
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  1587430002  
ISBN13  9781587430008  

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More About Stanley Hauerwas

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stanley Hauerwas is Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University. He is the author of numerous books, including Christians among the Virtues, In Good Company, Suffering Presence, Character and the Christian Life, and A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic (all published by the University of Notre Dame Press), the latter selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the twentieth century. All are published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

Stanley Hauerwas has an academic affiliation as follows - Duke University Duke University, USA Duke University Duke University D.

Stanley Hauerwas has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible
  2. Library of Theological Ethics
  3. T&t Clark Cornerstones

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A great collection  Aug 6, 2002
This collection of essays really gives some insight into Hauerwas' thought. Always provocative, Hauerwas expands on themes that he has touched on before, such as how Capitalism and the privatization of American life affect issues such as homosexuality (he deals with privatization and its affects on the Abortion debate in his essay ABORTION, THEOLOGICALLY UNDERSTOOD available in the Hauerwas Reader). Not content to rest on his laurels, Hauerwas dispenses irritation to anyone who us unwilling to think through the problems confronting the Church and society today, revealing that what we thought were the problems are merely symptoms and the solutions are both much more complicated than we can grasp and as simple as trusting in Jesus Christ.
Diverse Application of Hauerwas' thought  Dec 23, 2000
This collection of essays offers a great introduction to the thought of Stanley Hauerwas. The essays cover a variety of issues facing the Church today some of which are recognized by the wider Christian community and others that are not. Even those that are (i.e. the Church's response to homosexuality) Hauerwas offers a unique perspective that challenges the zealots in all camps. On the whole Hauerwas confronts the presupositious held by those of us in the West (in general) and in America (in particular) with typical ferocity and intellectual integrity.

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