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Working with Words: On Learning to Speak Christian Paperback – February 16, 2011
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The end section of the book (my own favorite section) features a series of essays (some co-authored) on Charles Taylor, H. Richard Niebuhr, Alasdair Macintyre, Thomas Aquinas, Papal Encyclicals, Methodist theology, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Each one features the sort of careful thought and rhetorical swagger that has made Hauerwas such a fun read over the years: to the extent that I'm familiar with each of these texts and writers, I can say that Hauerwas opens up new ways to engage them while remaining true to what their own projects are after, and to the extent that I'm unfamiliar, I came away from each wanting to read more.Read more ›
The book brings together spoken words (including sermons delivered in multiple churches and chapels, a commencement address at a seminary, and a lecture to teens at a summer youth academy) with written words (articles and essays written alone and with a co-author for diverse audiences). It also brings together material that is highly academic in nature with that which is easily accessible to readers who lack an in-depth theological education.
Working with Words: Learning to Speak Christian is an invitation to think theologically not for the sake of attaining knowledge or refining understanding, but to deepen the reader's Christian vocabulary and embolden her/his discipleship. Read slowly, ponder prayerfully, and embrace wholeheartedly.