I’ve decided that life is too short, and the days too beautiful, to engage in a lengthy refutation of Hauerwas.
I don’t mean this as a slight to Hauerwas. It’s just an acknowledgement that, for a Lutheran, Hauerwas is almost an anti-theologian.
In a nutshell, Hauerwas’ wants to:
- blur, even erase, the division between justification and sanctification;
- re-establish Christianity as a new law;
- replace a Pauline and grace-centric reading of Scripture with a “whole narrative” reading;
- restore the old Greco-Roman belief in salvation as divine transformation and growth in holiness (particularly via the re-appropriation of classical virtue ethics);
- replace faith-as-trust with faith-as-obedience/subjection (“faithfulness”);
- and above all, re-divinize or “re-enchant” the church as the key and exclusive locus of salvation and truth.
This is basically a program to roll-back the Lutheran Reformation.