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The Work of Theology
PAPERBACK; Published: 8/6/2015
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7190-9
305 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9

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A "how-to" book on theology from a world-renowned theologian

Once named by Time magazine as the "best theologian in America," Stanley Hauerwas addresses the "how to" of theology in this book. Revisiting some of his earliest philosophical and theological views in order to clarify his previous work — and to correct mistaken characterizations of him and his work — Hauerwas here explores theological reflection as an exercise in practical reason.

Hauerwas discusses a wide array of topics in such chapters as these:
  • "How I Think I Learned to Think Theologically"
  • "How to Do or Not to Do Protestant Ethics"
  • "The `How' of Theology and the Ministry"
  • "How to Write a Theological Sentence"
  • "How to Be Theologically Funny"
  • "How (Not) to Retire Theologically"
In a postscript he responds thoughtfully to Nicholas M. Healy's 2014 book Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction.

Read excerpts from this book on Eerdword.

The Anglican Theological Review
"Invites readers into an interesting conversation, yet they will find themselves wanting to give Hauerwas their ear, to listen to the story (apologia) he is telling. Hauerwas thus achieves his aim to "attract" others to join him in the work of theology."
"Stanley Hauerwas has achieved singular preeminence among theologians in the United States as a public intellectual. . . . Any new book bearing Hauerwas's name is noteworthy."
The Christian Century
"The church needs Hauerwas's prophetic witness. His theology is courageous, challenging, and a source of hope when many ecclesial leaders seem to be despairing."
Library Journal
"It is hard to imagine any living theologian more celebrated than Hauerwas."
Samuel Wells
"Stanley Hauerwas writes unputdownable theology — because he believes in a God who will never put us down until it's clear how our story comes out."