Stanley Hauerwas

Stanley Hauerwas (born July 24, 1940) is a Christian theologian and ethicist. He has taught at the University of Notre Dame 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.


  • "We are willing to worship a God only if God makes us safe. Thus you get the silly question, How does a good God let bad things happen to good people? Of course, it was a rabbi who raised that question, but Christians took it up as their own. Have you read the Psalms lately? We're seeing a much more complex God than that question gives credit for."
    • From the Chronicle for Higher Education, The Chronicle Review, "A Complex God" September 28, 2001 The Chronicle Review Page: B6
  • "Consider the problem of taking showers with Christians. They are, after all, constantly going on about the business of witnessing in the hopes of making converts to their God and church. Would you want to shower with such people? You never know when they might try to baptize you."
    • From "Why Gays (as a Group) are Morally Superior to Christians (as a Group)" in The Hauerwas Reader (2001) eds. John Berkman and Michael Cartwright
  • "[W]e must first experience the kingdom if we are even to know what kind of freedom and what kind of equality we should desire. Christian freedom lies in service, Christian equality is equality before God, and neither can be achieved through the coercive efforts of liberal idealists who would transform the world into their image."
    • From "The Servant Community: Christian Social Ethics" (1983) in The Hauerwas Reader (2001) eds. John Berkman and Michael Cartwright
  • "Christians know that Christianity is simply extended training in dying early. That is what we have always been about."
    • From "Abortion, Critically Understood" (1990) at [1]

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  • Hauerwas Reading Room Online Resources on and by Stanley Hauerwas. Maintained by Arnold Neufeldt-Fast, PhD, Tyndale Seminary
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