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In Good Company

The Church as Polis

Stanley Hauerwas

By exposing a different account of politics—the church as polis and “counterstory” to the world’s politics—Stanley Hauerwas helps Christians to recognize the unifying beliefs and practices that make them a political entity apart from the rest of the world.

ISBN: 978-0-268-01179-6
288 pages
Publication Year: 1995

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.

“For Hauerwas, challenging the status quo is an essential aspect of being Christian. It requires not only right-minded individuals but committed groups. That means forming a ‘good company’ of believers whose daily lifestyles make it a viable, inviting polis with a critical take on society. Only such a polis can provide its members with the skills needed for living faithfully. . . . [Hauerwas’s theme] informs and braces every selection in this lively collection, and gives the reader the sort of workover one doesn’t experience often enough when reading contemporary theology.” — Commonweal

“Hauerwas is an engaging writer. He enlivens his theological reflections with stories; he draws often upon personal experiences; he cajoles, exhorts, and challenges his readers. Whether one ultimately agrees or disagrees with his positions, the essays in this book force one to confront the issues he raises about the current state of Christianity.” — Journal of Ecumenical Studies

“The ecumenical dimension of the volume is engaging. Hauerwas is at home in both Protestant and Catholic institutions, and he has a good understanding of the underlying theology of both.” — Pro Ecclesia

“Hauerwas . . . provocatively explores what it means to be a Christian. . . . [T]his book . . . will certainly provide stimulating and good company to all who read it.” — Journal of Contemporary Religion

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Against the Nations

War and Survival in a Liberal Society

Stanley Hauerwas

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Character and the Christian Life

A Study in Theological Ethics

Stanley Hauerwas

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Christians among the Virtues

Theological Conversations with Ancient and Modern Ethics

Stanley Hauerwas and Charles Pinches

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“Israel Served the Lord”

The Book of Joshua as Paradoxical Portrait of Faithful Israel

Rachel M. Billings

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Sermons Preached on Various Occasions

John Henry Cardinal NewmanIntroduction by James Tolhurst

In Good Company

The Church as Polis

Stanley Hauerwas

 In Good Company: The Church as Polis
Paper Edition

By exposing a different account of politics—the church as polis and “counterstory” to the world’s politics—Stanley Hauerwas helps Christians to recognize the unifying beliefs and practices that make them a political entity apart from the rest of the world.

ISBN: 978-0-268-01179-6

288 pages

“For Hauerwas, challenging the status quo is an essential aspect of being Christian. It requires not only right-minded individuals but committed groups. That means forming a ‘good company’ of believers whose daily lifestyles make it a viable, inviting polis with a critical take on society. Only such a polis can provide its members with the skills needed for living faithfully. . . . [Hauerwas’s theme] informs and braces every selection in this lively collection, and gives the reader the sort of workover one doesn’t experience often enough when reading contemporary theology.” — Commonweal

“Hauerwas is an engaging writer. He enlivens his theological reflections with stories; he draws often upon personal experiences; he cajoles, exhorts, and challenges his readers. Whether one ultimately agrees or disagrees with his positions, the essays in this book force one to confront the issues he raises about the current state of Christianity.” — Journal of Ecumenical Studies

“The ecumenical dimension of the volume is engaging. Hauerwas is at home in both Protestant and Catholic institutions, and he has a good understanding of the underlying theology of both.” — Pro Ecclesia

“Hauerwas . . . provocatively explores what it means to be a Christian. . . . [T]his book . . . will certainly provide stimulating and good company to all who read it.” — Journal of Contemporary Religion