A Community of Character

Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic

Stanley Hauerwas

“Hauerwas is contemporary theology’s foremost intellectual provocateur. . . .” —Jean Bethke Elshtain, Time, September 17, 2001

Recognized as a leading theological ethicist, Stanley Hauerwas applies his theory of the narrative formation of Christian character to the field of social ethics. He advances his ideas by showing why any consideration cannot be divorced from the kind of community the church is and should be. He also challenges the dominant assumption of contemporary Christian social ethics that there is a special relation between Christianity and some form of liberal democratic social system.

Stanley Hauerwas is Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law at Duke Divinity School. He is the author of Vision and Virtue and co-author of Christians Among the Virtues, also published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

Reviews

“In this, the best of his books to date, Stanley Hauerwas takes up again the task of presenting an ethical framework for Christian morality. . . . Significant and intellectually exciting . . . every teacher of Christian ethics should be familiar with this landmark.” —Horizon

“Hauerwas’s narrative ethical enterprise engages the reader with its scholarly creativity, practical wisdom, and profound conviction.” —Journal of the American Academy of Religion

“Hauerwas’s collection of essays represents a significant, if controversial, contribution to Christian ethics. . . . One cannot work through this volume without being provoked, challenged, and finally enlightened.” —America

“ [A] fascinating account of how the concept of story relates to the heart of Christian faith. . . . Read Hauerwas for creative seminal thinking.” —Southwestern Journal of Theology

“This collection of essays contains a coherent, constructive argument contending that Christian social ethics is the church’s witness to a world that neither knows nor lives the ethic of Jesus . . . these essays deserve serious consideration.” —Interpretation

“ . . . an intelligent and thoughtful book.” —The Tablet

“Hauerwas’s latest collection of essays represents a significant, if controversial, contribution to Christian ethics…. One cannot work through this volume without being provoked, challenged and finally enlightened.” — America