An Honored Prophet

Stanley Hauerwas: “America’s Best Theologian”

by Mark Tooley

Stanley Hauerwas was declared America’s “best theologian” by Time magazine shortly before September 11, 2001. Since then the debate within America’s religious community over the morality of war has only magnified his fame—or his notoriety. Hauerwas, from his perch at Duke Divinity School in North Carolina, is also America’s most influential Christian pacifist.

He is largely orthodox theologically and robustly critical of theological liberalism. But his condemnation of American patriotism, distaste for religious conservatives, frequent resort to profanity, and ambivalence about homosexuality have prevented . . .

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Mark Tooley directs the United Methodist committee of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (www.ird-renew.org) in Washington, D.C.

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