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Stanley Hauerwas (born July 24, 1940) is a Christian theologian and ethicist. He has taught at the University of Notre Damemarker and is currently the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School with a joint appointment at the Duke University School of Law.

Education and influences

Hauerwas received a Ph.D. from Yale Universitymarker and an honorary D.D. from the University of Edinburgh.


His theological writings occasionally veer into the area of paleo-orthodoxy, and he has also been associated with the narrative theology movement, which he learned in the 1960s at Yale Divinity School.


TIME Magazine in 2001 named him "America's Best Theologian". He responded by saying "Best is not a theological category."

That same year, he was invited to give the Gifford Lectures at St. Andrewsmarker in Scotlandmarker, which were published as With the Grain of the Universe, (ISBN 1-58743-016-9) a text in which Karl Barth's interpretation of St. Anselm's analogy of faith was featured. In 1997 he gave the Scottish Journal of Theology lectures at Aberdeen, published as Sanctify Them in Truth (1998).

He speaks frequently at churches throughout North America, and gave the Slater-Maguire Lecture at St. Margaret's Anglican Church in Winnipegmarker, Manitobamarker in 2006.

Partial bibliography

Many of his books are collections of essays; some are structured monographs. Among his more commonly known works are:
  • Vision and Virtue: Essays in Christian Ethical Reflection (1974)
  • Character and the Christian Life: A Study in Theological Ethics (1975)
  • Truthfulness and Tragedy: Further Investigations into Christian Ethics (1977)
  • A Community of Character (1981) ISBN 0-268-00735-7
  • The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics (1983) ISBN 0-268-01554-6
  • Against the Nations: War and Survival in a Liberal Society (1985) ISBN 0-86683-957-7
  • Suffering Presence: Theological Reflections on Medicine, the Mentally Handicapped, and the Church (1986)
  • Christian Existence Today: Essays on Church, World, and Living in Between (1988)
  • Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony (with William Willimon) (1989) ISBN 0-687-36159-1
  • Naming the Silence: God, Medicine and the Problem of Suffering (1990)
  • After Christendom: How the Church Is to Behave If Freedom, Justice, and a Christian Nation Are Bad Ideas (1991) ISBN 0-687-00929-4
  • Unleashing the Scripture: Freeing the Bible from Captivity to America (1993) ISBN 0-687-31678-2
  • Dispatches from the Front: Theological Engagements with the Secular (1994)
  • In Good Company: The Church as Polis (1995)
  • Where Resident Aliens Live (with William Willimon) (1996)
  • Christians Among the Virtues: Theological Conversations with Ancient and Modern Ethics (with Charles Pinches) (1997)
  • Wilderness Wanderings: Probing Twentieth Century Theology and Philosophy (1997)
  • Sanctify Them in Truth: Holiness Exemplified (1998)
  • A Better Hope: Resources for a church confronting capitalism, democracy and postmodernity (2000)
  • With the Grain of the Universe: The Church's Witness and Natural Theology (2001) ISBN 1-58743-016-9
  • The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics (with Samuel Wells) (2004)
  • Performing the Faith: Bonhoeffer and the Practice of Non-Violence (2004) ISBN 1-58743-076-2
  • That State of the University: Academic Knowledges and the Knowledge of God (2007)
  • Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary: Conversations between a Radical Democrat and a Christian (with Romand Coles) (2008)


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