In Good Company: The Church as Polis

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By exposing a different account of politics—the church as polis and "counterstory" to the world's politics—Stanley Hauerwas helps Christians to recognize the unifying beliefs and practices that make them a political entity apart from the rest of the world.

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Stanley Hauerwas is Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at the Divinity School of Duke University. He is the author of many books, including A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic (University of Notre Dame Press, 1981), which was selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the twentieth century.

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Claiming that the Christian church has failed to do what it always promised to do (insulate Christians from the corruption and despair of the secular world) Stanley Hauerwas boldly urges all Christians to unite as a body politic so that they might recover and put to use the elements of their faith that set them apart from the rest of the world, thereby strengthening and sustaining them in the post-Christian era. Hauerwas is not aligned by belief or practice with the"Christian Right". Instead, he insists that Christians should be pacifists and that their church matters "not only for how we live as Christians but for how we do theology and ethics. " In Good Company: The Church As Polis is Hauerwas' attempt to exhibit a theological politics, not through abstract characterizations, but through actual displays and discussion of the material practices of the Christian church. -- Midwest Book Review

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