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Hauerwas on being a forgiven people

Scripture has authority for Christians because they have learned as a forgiven people they must also be able to forgive. But to be a people capable of accepting forgiveness separates them from the world: The world, under the illusion that power and violence rule history, assumes that it has no need to be forgiven.

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Ecclesiology

Newman scoops Wittgenstein, Cavell, and Hauerwas

To make professions is to play with edged tools, unless we attend to what we are saying. Words have a meaning, whether we mean that meaning or not; and they are imputed to us in their real meaning, when our not meaning it is our own fault… cannot frame a language for himself…

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John Henry Newman

Should not think they should be

Joseph Bottum is a ‘Catholic intellectual’ and a former editor of First Things. His book An Anxious Age (a title playing off Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age… 531 more words

The "We Need More Guns" Solution

The standard response of one side to horrendous shootings is, “We need gun control!” I’m not going to address that now. The standard response from the other side is, “We need more guns. 809 more words

Current Events

FROM MY COMMONPLACE BOOK--"RESIDENT ALIENS"

It’s been a long time since I shared with you from my commonplace book (or “life thickener” (to borrow a phrase from Mark Edmundson’s book… 482 more words

Faith And History

A word for Pietism

Stanley Hauerwas is an influential voice among United Methodist pastors. He is not shy about his dislike of Pietism, which is awkward for United Methodists since John Wesley was one of the most well-known advocates of the heart religion that is the hallmark of Pietism. 344 more words

Methodism

Hauerwas on liberalism and desire

For most part, I’ve only read and heard caricatures and one-liners when it comes to Hauerwas’s critique of liberalism. I recently read Hauerwas’s early and well-worn (for many but not me) essay “The Church and Liberal Democracy: The Moral Limits of a Secular Polity.” I appreciated getting the more sustained critique and look forward to reading others like it. 365 more words

Ethics