A Community of Character
Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic
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Paperback | 9780268007355 | January 1991
Hardcover | 9780268007331 | June 1981
eBook (Web PDF) | 9780268081881 | January 1991
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268076610 | January 1991
Selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the twentieth century.
Leading theological ethicist Stanley Hauerwas shows how discussions of Christology and the authority of scripture involve questions about what kind of community the church must be to rightly tell the stories of God. He 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 of Theological Ethics at Duke University. He is the author of numerous books, including Christians among the Virtues, In Good Company, Suffering Presence, and Character and the Christian Life, all published by the University of Notre Dame Press.
“Hauerwas’s narrative ethical enterprise engages the reader with its scholarly creativity, practical wisdom, and profound conviction.” —Journal of the American Academy of Religion
“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.” —Horizons
“[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
“[A]n 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