Stanley Hauerwas is not a Baptist, but sometimes he acts like one — often by criticizing them — and some of his targets have appreciated the feedback.
Hauerwas, the Gilbert T. Rowe Emeritus Professor of Divinity and Law at Duke University, is a noted theologian whose interests span disciplines ranging from medical ethics to social sciences to political theory, and that’s just for starters.
A collection of Baptist theologians led by my Campbell University colleague Cameron Jorgenson and Judson College’s Scott Bullard have offered tribute to Hauerwas’ wide-ranging contributions through an issue of the Review and Expositor that is dedicated to the feisty Episcopalian. “Hauerwas Among the Baptists” (February 2015) gives special attention to Hauerwas’s influence on young Baptist theologians.
For a limited time, the entire issue is available as a free download from Sage Publications. An excerpt from Hauerwas’ characteristically crusty but engaging response to the unexpected festschrift can be found here.
Whether you’re a fan of Hauerwas in particular or theology in general, the issue is worth a look — and did I mention that it’s free?
Hauerwas, I think, would love that.