The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

The Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas

The Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas [3]
The Rev. Dr. Robert MacSwain

This course will examine the theological ethics of Stanley Hauerwas, one of the most prolific and influential American writers in this field.  Taking both a developmental and thematic approach, topics considered will be such distinctively Hauerwasian issues as vision, virtue, agents and agency, narrative, character, community, suffering, pacifism, medical ethics, the mentally handicapped, and the Church.  Hauerwas’s ambiguous ecclesial status as both Methodist and Episcopalian, with deep indebtedness to the Roman Catholic and Mennonite traditions, will also be considered, as well as his recent attempts to re-focus Christian preaching on theology.

Primary Texts:

Richard Adams, Watership Down (various editions).*

Stanley Hauerwas, The Hauerwas Reader [HR], edited by John Berkman and Michael Cartwright (Duke University Press, 2001).

Stanley Hauerwas, A Cross-Shattered Church: Reclaiming the Theological Heart of Preaching(Brazos Press, 2009).

Stanley Hauerwas, Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir (Eerdmans, 2010).*

*texts to be read as background: our time in the classroom will focus primarily on The Hauerwas Reader and A Cross-Shattered Church, although we will discuss Watership Down and Hannah’s Child as well.