Review Of "Faithfulness And Fortitude: In Conversation With The Theological Ethics Of Stanley Hauerwas" Edited By M. T. Nation And S. Wells

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In honor of his 60th birthday, friends and admirers of Stanley Hauerwas contributed 13 essays to this volume. Added is a response by Hauerwas himself. The essays are divided into four groups. First, an essay introduces Hauerwas and his distinctive manner of reflection. Second, four essays on the university, mental health, war and peace, and urban blight focus on the world as Hauerwas sees it. Third, three essays focus on issues that have exercised his critics--his reputed sectarianism, his neglect of gender issues, and his inadequate treatment of the Holocaust--and argue that in Hauerwas's thinking, there are resources for insightful treatment of these themes. Finally, four essays focus on virtue, abortion, the cinema, and politics. From contrasting points of view and not uncritically, they tell us a great deal about Hauerwas's strengths and the reasons for his influence. That the contributors are mostly British is a tribute to his catholicity. Hauerwas, professor of theological ethics at Duke University, is the Gifford Lecturer for 2000-01. The high quality of these essays will make this volume an important companion to the published lectures. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers.


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