A Cross-Shattered Church Reclaiming the Theological Heart of Preaching (Paperback)
|Author: Stanley Hauerwas|
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In this work, eminent theologian Stanley Hauerwas shows how the sermon is the best context for doing good theology. He writes, "I am convinced that the recovery of the sermon as the context for theological reflection is crucial if Christians are to negotiate the world in which we find ourselves." The book includes seventeen sermons preached by Hauerwas, which he considers his best theological work and hopes exemplify the work of theology.The sermons are divided into four sections: seeing, saying, living, and events. Titles range from Believing Is Seeing and Was It Fitting for Jesus to Die on a Cross? to Only Fear Can Drive Out Fear and To Be Made Human. Each sermon includes where and when it was preached and references relevant Scripture passages.EXCERPTI have increasingly come to the recognition that one of the most satisfying contexts for doing the work of theology is in sermons. That should not be surprising because throughout Christian history, at least until recently, the sermon was one of the primary places in which the work of theology was done. For the work of theology is first and foremost to exposit scripture. That modern theology has become less and less scriptural, that modern theology has often tried to appear as a form of philosophy, is but an indication of its alienation from its proper work.I am, therefore, making these sermons available because I think they are not only my best theological work, but because I hope they exemplify the work of theology.
Stanley Hauerwas is known for his robust character, for his choice use of expletives, and for being Texan. Underpinning all of that, however, is a conservative theology and near-constant chipping at the complacency of the Christian ethos. Hauerwas, a Mennonite theologian who graduated from Yale Divinity school in 1965 and Yale Graduate School in 1968, writes frequently about Christian theology and ethics. His most often employed outlet is the essay, from which he issues challenging questions about the nature and role of Christianity as they begin, as he sees it, to crack under the weight of liberalism. For Hauerwas, Christians have forgotten the fundaments of their faith--but this is not to call him a fundamentalist. As a theologian he is reminding his fellow Christians of the uniqueness of their faith and urging them to be mindful of it in their ethical lives. A professor at the University of Notre Dame for 14 years before joining Duke University's Divinity School in 1984, Hauerwas was voted America's Best Theologian for 2001 by Time Magazine.