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Work of Theology

Stanley Hauerwas


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

In this book Stanley Hauerwas returns to the basics of doing theology. Revisiting some of his earliest philosophical and theological views to better understand and clarify what he has said before, Hauerwas explores how theological reflection can be understood as an exercise in practical reason.

Hauerwas includes chapters on a wide array of topics, including How I Think I Learned to Think Theologically, How the Holy Spirit Works, How to Write a Theological Sentence, and How to Be Theologically Funny. In a postscript he responds to Nicholas Healy's recent book Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction.

What we believe as Christians, says Hauerwas, is quite basic and even simple. But because it is so basic, we can lose any sense of the extraordinary nature of Christian beliefs and practices. In discussing the work of theology, Hauerwas seeks to recover that sense of the oddness of what we believe as Christians.

William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 9780802871909, 305pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2015