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quotes from Hauerwas

July 26th, 2007 by isaac · 5 Comments

Stanley Hauerwas never gets old. He’s like an aged wine. Well, if he could keep some wine in the cellar it might age properly. But he just can’t keep from publishing books—it’s like one every year! He recently came out with The State of the University. And last year it was his commentary on Matthew (or was that early this year?!). And he’s got another book coming out probably next year, co-authored with the political theorist Rom Coles, on Christianity and Radical Democracy—and, believe me, it’s hot!

Speaking of democracy… David Fitch jotted down some great one-liners from a recent panel that Hauerwas sat on. I thought I’d pass them along, since they seem appropriate given the increasing heat among the presidential hopefuls.

National politics is like the Roman circus in first century Rome. It is entertainment to keep us distracted from the real issues.

Voting is a form of violence. You vote once, then 51% tells the 49% what to do.

Tags: current events · political power

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 scott // Jul 26, 2007 at 6:14 am

    seems your links aren’t working, or is it me? thanks for the quotes.

  • 2 isaac // Jul 26, 2007 at 6:18 am

    No, it’s not you. I’ll figure out what I did and fix it. Sorry about that.

  • 3 Richard // Aug 5, 2007 at 3:49 am

    Thanks for the head’s up on the Hauerwas book on Radical democracy. That is one i will definitely await with anticipation. Any idea of what the title is?


  • 4 isaac // Aug 5, 2007 at 4:58 am

    Richard, the title is Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary, and it will be published by Cascade. I’m about 1/3 through the manuscript and it’s really good. Rom Coles is an incredible writer. I would say, if you want to get the most out of the book when it comes out, check out Coles’ most recent book, Beyond Gated Politics. That will definitely till the soil in preparation for the Hauerwas/Coles book.

    I also noticed that you are interested in John Yoder and John Rawls. Well, Coles has a great chapter on each of those figures in Beyond Gated Politics.



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