A Community of Character

Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic


Author: Stanley Hauerwas

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

ISBN: 0268076618

Category: Religion

Page: 312

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Leading theological ethicist Stanley Hauerwas shows how discussions of Christology and the authority of scripture involve questions about what kind of community the church must be to rightly tell the stories of God. He challenges the dominant assumption of contemporary Christian social ethics that there is a special relation between Christianity and some form of liberal democratic social system.

Narrative Theology and Moral Theology

The Infinite Horizon


Author: Alexander Lucie-Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317090454

Category: Religion

Page: 242

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Moral thinking today finds itself stranded between the particular and the universal. Alasdair MacIntyre's work on narrative, discussed here along with that of Stanley Hauerwas and H. T. Engelhardt, aims to undo the perceived damage done by the Enlightenment by returning to narrative and abandoning the illusion of a disembodied reason that claims to be able to give a coherent explanation for everything. It is precisely this - a theory that holds good for all cases - that John Rawls proposed, drawing on the heritage of Emmanuel Kant. Who is right? Must universality be abandoned? Must we only think about morality in terms that are relative, bound by space and time? Alexander Lucie-Smith attempts to answer these questions by examining the nature of narrative itself as well as the particular narratives of Rawls and St Augustine. Bound and rooted as they are in history and personal experience, narratives nevertheless strain at the limits imposed on them. It is Lucie-Smith's contention that each narrative that points to a lived morality exists against the background of an infinite horizon, and thus it is that the particular and the rooted can also make us aware of the universal and unchanging.

A Guide to Planning for Community Character


Author: Lane H. Kendig

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781610910187

Category: Architecture

Page: 264

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A Guide to Planning for Community Character adds a wealth of practical applications to the framework that Lane Kendig describes in his previous book, Community Character. The purpose of the earlier book is to give citizens and planners a systematic way of thinking about the attributes of their communities and a common language to use for planning and zoning in a consistent and reliable way. This follow-up volume addresses actual design in the three general classes of communities in Kendig's framework-urban, suburban, and rural. The author's practical approaches enable designers to create communities "with the character that citizens actually want." Kendig also provides a guide for incorporating community character into a comprehensive plan. In addition, this book shows how to use community character in planning and zoning as a way of making communities more sustainable. All examples in the volume are designed to meet real-world challenges. They show how to design a community so that the desired character is actually achieved in the built result. The book also provides useful tools for analyzing or measuring relevant design features. Together, the books provide a comprehensive treatment of community character, offering both a tested theory of planning based on visual and physical character and practical ways to plan and measure communities. The strength of this comprehensive approach is that it is ultimately less rigid and more adaptable than many recent "flexible" zoning codes.

Sharing Friendship

Exploring Anglican Character, Vocation, Witness and Mission


Author: John B. Thomson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317055594

Category: Religion

Page: 282

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Sharing Friendship represents a post-liberal approach to ecclesiology and theology generated out of the history, practices and traditions of the Anglican Church. Drawing on the theological ethics of Stanley Hauerwas, this book explores the way friendship for the stranger emerges from contextually grounded reflection and conversations with contemporary Anglican theologians within the English tradition, including John Milbank, Oliver O’Donovan, Rowan Williams, Daniel Hardy and Anthony Thiselton. Avoiding abstract definitions of character, mission or friendship, John Thomson explores how the history of the English Church reflects a theology of friendship and how discipleship in the New Testament, the performance of worship, and the shape of Anglican ecclesiology are congruent with such a theology. The book concludes by rooting the theme of sharing friendship within the self-emptying kenotic performance of Jesus’ mission, and looks at challenges to the character of contemporary Anglican ecclesiology represented by secularization and globalization as well as by arguments over appropriate new initiatives such as Fresh Expressions.

Tensions in Christian Ethics

An Introduction


Author: Malcolm Brown

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 0281065616

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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The book draws on the author's teaching of ethics at undergraduate and postgraduate level for the Cambridge Theological Federation since 2000. Its purpose is to introduce the reader to questions in Christian ethics through a careful examination of the fundamental meta-ethical questions posed by the 'state we're in', whether understood as a new phase of modernity or as postmodernity. Brown draws on sources and authors from a variety of Christian traditions, and from Britain, the U.S.A. and Europe. The book will be of use, not only to university departments and denominational and ecumenical teaching institutions but also as a more general exposition of the current state of ethical thinking in the Christian churches.

The Peaceable Kingdom

A Primer in Christian Ethics


Author: Stanley Hauerwas

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

ISBN: 0268081786

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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Stanley Hauerwas presents an overall introduction to the themes and method that have distinguished his vision of Christian ethics. Emphasizing the significance of Jesus’ life and teaching in shaping moral life, The Peaceable Kingdom stresses the narrative character of moral rationality and the necessity of a historic community and tradition for morality. Hauerwas systematically develops the importance of character and virtue as elements of decision making and spirituality and stresses nonviolence as critical for shaping our understanding of Christian ethics.

In Good Company

The Church as Polis


Author: Stanley Hauerwas

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

ISBN: 026816116X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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By exposing a different account of politics—the church as polis and "counterstory" to the world's politics—Stanley Hauerwas helps Christians to recognize the unifying beliefs and practices that make them a political entity apart from the rest of the world.

Ethics and the Community of Inquiry

Education for Deliberative Democracy


Author: Gilbert Burgh,Terri Field,Mark Freakley

Publisher: Cengage Learning Australia

ISBN: 9780170122191

Category: Deliberative democracy

Page: 235

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The first edition of this book is a follow up to a Engaging with Ethicsa . The new focus has been prompted by conceptual development based on recent research together with teaching experiences with the original book, including institutional teaching, course evaluations and book reviews. Ethics and the Community of Inquiry gets to the heart of democratic education and how best to achieve it. The book radically reshapes our understanding of education by offering a framework from which to integrate curriculum, teaching and learning and to place deliberative democracy at the centre of education reform. It makes a significant contribution to current debates on educational theory and practice, in particular to pedagogical and professional practice, and ethics education.

The Character of Virtue

Letters to a Godson


Author: Stanley Hauerwas

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780802875792

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Candid wisdom from a renowned theologian on living well From the fairy godmother's pumpkin coach to Herr Drossel-meyer's nutcracker, godparents have long been associated with good gifts. In The Character of Virtue theologian and ethicist Stanley Hauerwas offers his real-life godson something far more precious than toys or trinkets--the gift of hard-won wisdom on life and the process of maturing. In each of fourteen letters--sent on the occasion of Laurence Wells's baptism and every year thereafter--Hauerwas contem-plates a specific virtue and its meaning for a child growing year by year in the Christian faith. Writing on kindness, courage, humility, joy, and more, Hauerwas distills centuries of religious thinking and decades of self-reflection into heartfelt personal epistles packed with wit and punch. An introduction by Samuel Wells--Laurence's father and Hauer-was's friend--tells the story behind these letters and offers sage insight into what a godparent is and can be.