The very fact that doctrine is hewn from bitter controversy and tested through time is sufficient reason to make them a focus of theology.

Stanley Hauerwas

Stanley Hauerwas

Profession: Theologian
Nationality: American

Some suggestions for you :

I was raised in an evangelical Methodist church. Evangelical meant that though you had been baptized and made a member of the church on Sunday morning, you still had to be 'saved' on Sunday night. I wanted to be saved, but I did not think you should fake it.

Reformation names the disunity in which we currently stand. We who remain in the Protestant tradition want to say that Reformation was a success.

The fundamental character of our faith means an extensive diversity is required not only within local community, but between communities.

I do not want to convince Christians to work for the abolition of war, but rather I want us to live recognizing that in the cross of Christ, war has been abolished.

To be poor does not mean you lack the means to extend charity to another. You may lack money or food, but you have the gift of friendship to overwhelm the loneliness that grips the lives of so many.

I am not sure I can make clear what it means to say I come from the Catholic side of Protestantism, but at the very least, it means that I do not think Christianity began with the Reformation.

The heart of the gospel is that you don't know Jesus without the witness of the church. It's always mediated.

Though claiming to represent a conservative form of Christianity, the Religious Right is politically a form of Protestant liberalism.

The fact that I spent my life in universities in a manner that I no longer have close identification with bricklayers is a pain to me.

In the Crusades, getting the Holy Land back was the goal, and any means could be used to achieve it. World War II was a crusade. The firebombing of Tokyo by Doolittle and the carpet bombing in Germany, especially by the British, showed that.

God is whoever raised Jesus from the dead, having before raised Israel from Egypt. There is no God but this God.

I am not sure how old I was when I began to worry about being saved, but it was sometime in my early teens.

One of the problems we currently have is there hasn't been in the population any serious engagement with the ethics of war because we have an all-volunteer army. I would think the return to the draft would be an intervention that would require discussion that might be more helpful in terms of our ability to limit war.

One of the problems with the identification of Christianity with love is how such a view turns out to be both anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic. The Jews and Catholics become identified with the law or dogma, in contrast to Protestant Christians, who are about love.