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Decently Writ, XIX

August 23, 2014
Dr. Hauerwas

Dr. Hauerwas

What makes the church ‘radical’…is not that the church leans to the left on most social issues, but rather that the church knows Jesus whereas the world does not.  In the church’s view, the political left is not noticeably more interesting than the political right: both tend towards solutions that act as if the world has not ended and begun in Jesus.  Big words like Peace and Justice, slogans the church adopts under the presumption that, even if people do not know what ‘Jesus Christ is Lord’ means, they will know what Peace and Justice means, are words awaiting content.  It is Jesus’ story that gives content to our faith, judges any institutional embodiment of our faith, and teaches us to be suspicious of any political slogan that does not need God to make itself credible…Most of our social activism is formed on the presumption that God is superfluous to the formation of a world of peace with justice.

— Stanley Hauerwas, Resident Aliens p.27-28

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  1. August 24, 2014 09:06

    Stanley has spoken well here.

    Liberal, or “Left,” and Conservative, or “Right,” name ways that the Christian tends towards the world and necessarily away from the center, that is into beating Sacred Heart of Our Blessed Lord.

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