Today, I ventured down to my Alma Mater (IWU) to attend a colloquium where one of my favorite minds of the Christian faith was speaking, Stanley Hauerwas. Hauerwas is a professor of Ethics at Duke Divinity School and author of many books, including Resident Aliens and his recent memoir Hannah’s Child.  He spoke for a brief while, recounting how he came to be established as the type of theologian he is, then he was fielded some questions by some other great minds who have read his work, and then by the audience.  I thought his brilliance ought to be shared, so here are some quotes from the day.  Enjoy!

On Justice:

“Don’t use the term ‘social justice’.  What’s the alternative of social justice, private justice?”

“Justice is not something simply to be enforced by the government. We need to separate the institution of justice from the morality of justice.  One concerns only actions while the latter concerns the heart.”

“We cannot have a just society without having just people.”

“Justice is the right worship of the true God” (actually this is a quote he used from St. Augustine’s City of God.)


On Theology:

“Eschatology shapes reality.”

“The world is literally dying to be shaped by the Gospel.”


On Pentecostalism:

“The role of the Holy Spirit is always to point to Jesus.”


On Homosexuality:

“In order to think theologically about homosexuality, we first need to reclaim singleness as sanctified. Until we tackle that issue, we cannot address homosexuality.  We have to wrestle with our false view of sex first. We are not defined by our sexuality, but by our humanity and individuality.”

“The concept of divorcing sexuality from humanity is a modern concept.”


On Pacifism:

“The greatest sins Christianity could make would be for us to kill one another (especially on issues rooted in commitments other than to Christ), for when we kill, it makes the unity of church a lie.”


On Beauty:

“Ugliness should be something Christians resist.”

“The best apologetics is beautiful doctrine.”

  1. garybishop3 says:

    “The role of the Holy Spirit is always to point to Jesus.”


  2. Austin Young says:

    Darn you Gary. That was my favorite too. The more I learn, the more I realize the whole Bible points to Jesus. He is the climax.

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