Item description for Unleashing the Scripture: Freeing the Bible from Captivity to America by Stanley M. Hauerwas...
Overview This provocative critique of the uses and abuses of Scripture in the American church shows how liberal (historical-critical) and fundamentalist (literal) approaches to biblical scholarship have corrupted our use of the Bible. Hauerwas argues that the Bible can only be understood in the midst of a disciplined community of people, where the story is actually lived out by dedicated practitioners.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.02" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.47 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1993
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687316782 ISBN13 9780687316786
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More About Stanley M. Hauerwas
Stanley Hauerwas is Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at the Divinity School of Duke University. He is the author of many books, including A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic (University of Notre Dame Press, 1981), which was selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the twentieth century.
Stanley M. Hauerwas currently resides in the state of North Carolina. Stanley M. Hauerwas was born in 1940.
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Not Hauerwas' best work. Jun 11, 2000
Sometimes one wonders whether or not Hauerwas is trying merely to shock his audience into hearing the truth of the gospel. Few proposals are more shocking than the one Hauerwas opens with in this book. In short, Hauerwas argues that the best thing to happen to the American church would be were the Bible to be taken out of the hands of the laity, people so corrupted by a lack of Christian virtue that they have lost the ability to read scripture rightly. If one can get beyond the hyperbole of Hauerwas' appeal, the substance of the opening essay is well worth reading. The American church needs to let go of the notion that church and state, cross and flag can go neatly hand in hand without God's kingdom being utterly distorted. Hauerwas also argues that Protestant churches need to reclaim the teaching office, taking a lesson from our Catholic brothers and sisters.
The opening essay is worth reading. The sermons that make up the last half of the book, however, are a mixed assortment of engaging gospel proclamations and weak, disembodied mumbo-jumbo. It is difficult to see how Hauerwas' intends (or does he even expect?)his sermonic form to fashion an alternative community that is living the life of virtue he rightly pleads for in church. But then perhaps this weakness is one reason why Hauerwas is behind a seminary desk, not a church pulpit. One hopes that Hauerwas will continue calling the church to remain true to God's kingdom.
A book worth reading! Aug 14, 1998
I have read one review that conveys the notion that not many solutions are provided by Stanley Hauerwas' writings. This kind of review only highlights the very things that Dr. Hauerwas is combating; somehow, "American values" are equated with Christian values to the point were the average person cannot discern between the two. One must try to eliminate this type of thinking before one can see that Stanley Hauerwas is offering feasible and necessary solutions.
This book will certainly challenge one's way of thinking. If one will remain open to Hauerwas' assertions, then one just might find that this book is not so "shocking."
Easily digestible, not particularly filling. Aug 1, 1998
The main idea of the book is that the average American Christian has no business reading and interpreting the Bible for himself, and that the corporate church body needs to do all the interpreting (e.g., a Magisterium).
There aren't many theological books I'd take to the beach, but one can do that with Hauerwas' books (and there are plenty from which to choose). Prof. Hauerwas, who seems committed to publishing every stray thought he ever had, continues in his tradition of making bold statements, as if he hopes to shock and offend. He has a point, however, that some Christians need to be shocked and offended.
It would seem that Hauerwas wrote this book to further confuse those who would pigeon-hole him. Here is a man who describes himself as a "high-church Mennonite," as if there could be such an animal. A Methodist layman, he states that a true church must be in communion with Rome. He declares abortion to be "something that Christians just don't do! ," but supports normalization of homosexuality. In short, don't think you know Stanley by reading a single book. Perhaps Stanley can never be completely known, and I think he likes it that way.
Daring and controversial ideas are great for getting books sold, but they don't make a particularly coherent theology. Hauerwas is a good author to get people talking about issues, but solutions will need to come from others.