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A Cross-Shattered Church: Reclaiming the Theological Heart of Preaching
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 ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Brazos Press
(first published July 1st 2009)
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Since it is a collection of sermons, the quality varies from "chapter" to "chapter." His epistemology is solid, his confrontation of modernity is challenging, but other spots of his theology range from fluffy to fuzzy.
A collection of Hauerwas sermons organized around seeing ("These sermons exemplify a theme that has been at the heart of the way I have tried to do theology, that is, with the acknowledgement that we can only act in the world we can see— but we can only see by learning to say. We cannot see the truth about ourselves or the world just by looking. Seeing requires a training through words that transforms our very being.") saying , living, and events. Hauerwas says his sermons are his most important ...more
This was the first book by Hauerwas I read. Being a collection of sermons rather than one coherent book made for a varied experience. Some of the sermons were excellent, particularly those dealing with the realities of death, family and community. Others were rather mediocre. I found his need to tie his pacifist position into sermons and texts having nothing to do with the topic slightly annoying, but forgivable. In short, I don't regret reading it and really did appreciate some of the insights. ...more
This is essentially a self-edited collection of Hauerwas' best sermons. In it, Hauerwas discusses the importance of theology in the pulpit and approaches the Lord's Table week after week. It's a good collection, as it reflects how Hauerwas "does theology" and tries to reflect his approach to letting the Scriptures speak for themselves and not implementing a "point."
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.More about Stanley Hauerwas...
America's Best Theologian according to Time Magazine (2001), though...more