How I think I learned to think theologically

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Stanley Hauerwas draws upon the Aristotelian philosophy of Alasdair MacIntyre and Charles Taylor to reflect upon his own approach to theology. Like MacIntyre and Taylor, Haurwas rejects the modern theoretical "position from nowhere" that demands "a ground that is unassailable." Instead he approaches theology as an exercise of practical rationality that takes seriously the varied "presumptions that shape the character" of different individuals and communities. Hauerwas reflects on the practical nature of theology by surveying his own attempt to work as a theologian. This seemingly self-reflexive exercise, however, does not lead to an implicit or explicit embrace of the privileged first person singular. Rather Hauerwas uses this exercise to reflect on the political character of theology in so far as the particularity of any theologian-any singular "I"-simply doesn't exist apart from the speech that makes her life and work both possible and intelligible. Attending to language and agency is another way to understand how the work of theology is at once practical and particular, meaning theology will always be political.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hauerwas, S

Published Date

  • September 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 88 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 641 - 658

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1051-3558

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5840/acpq201410237

Citation Source

  • Scopus