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This provocative critique of the uses and abuses of Scripture in the American church shows how liberal (historical-critical) and fundamentalist (literal) approaches to biblical scholarship have corrupted our use of the Bible. Hauerwas argues that the Bible can only be understood in the midst of a disciplined community of people, where the story is actually lived out by ded ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by Abingdon Press
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Adam Ross
What a wonderful, disturbing book this was. If you want to be thoroughly shaken up, this is a book to read and to savor.
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When I was in Poland a summer ago I met a former Polish diplomat who had been involved in the Solidarity movement. When we were talking he mentioned that he was reading Hauerwas, something I had not yet done. Visiting my wife at her seminary this book was on her shelf so I thought I would give it a try.
The title sums up the intention of the book,"Freeing the Bible form Captivity to America." In the opening chapters Hauerwas discusses how the Bible has generally been interpreted in the United Sta
Like a growing number of folks, I've greatly appreciated Hauerwas's work. But it's hard to find something that captures what I found most helpful in him. Many of his essay collections are unbalanced (for the questions I might be pursuing at that moment). Others go off on tangents that would alienate readers in my circle. But this one, an older text, seems to hit it on the head on so many fronts. It might be my favorite of his. In it, he's wonderfully ruthless in going after several deep American ...more
A great read from Hauerwas. The first part of the book contains several essays which challenge us to think about the way we read the bible, especially as Americans. Neither fundamentalists nor liberals are spared Hauerwas' withering and critical eye. The back half of the book is a collection of sermons, all of which are convicting and powerful.
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Stanley Hauerwas (PhD, Yale University) is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is the author of numerous books, including Cross-Shattered Christ, A Cross-Shattered Church, War and the American Difference, and Matthew in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible.

America's Best Theologian according to Time Magazine (2001), though

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