Truth, and Witness: Essays in Conversation with Stanley Hauerwas
By Teresa BergeL. Gregory Jones, Reinhard Hütter,
and C. Rosalee Velloso Ewell, eds.
Brazos Press: 2005
This festschrift in honor of Stanley Hauerwas’
65th birthday documents Duke’s Gilbert T. Rowe professor of Christian
ethics’ contributions to 20th century theological discourse, including
narrative theology, virtue and medical ethics, Christian pacifism,
and ecclesiology in a post- Christendom era.
International contributors include Robert Bellah
on the church and civil religion, George Lindbeck on ecumenism and
postliberalism, and Peter Ochs on Jewish- Christian relations. The
editors are L. Gregory Jones, dean and professor of theology at
Duke Divinity School; Reinhard Hütter, associate professor of Christian
theology at Duke; and C. Rosalee Velloso Ewell, professor at South
American Theological School in Brazil.
End of Words: The Language of Reconciliation in a Culture of Violence
By Richard Lischer
Cleland Professor of Preaching
In this reflection on the place of preaching in
the 21st century, Richard Lischer recognizes that our mass-communication
culture is exhausted by words. The End of Words shows how
faithful reading of Scripture rather than flashy performance paves
the way for effective preaching; Lischer challenges conventional
storytelling with a deeper and more biblical view of narrative preaching.
The ultimate purpose of preaching, he argues, is to speak God’s
peace, the message of reconciliation.
The Drama of
By Samuel Wells Research
Professor of Christian Ethics
Samuel Wells, the new dean of Duke Chapel and
divinity school professor, employs theatrical improvisation as a
new lens through which to view Christian ethics. He defines improvisation
as a “practice through which actors seek to develop trust in themselves
and one another in order that they may conduct unscripted dramas
Using this model, Christian ethics becomes a matter
of “faithfully improvising on the Christian tradition.” Improvisation
can help turn the church into a community of trust so that it may
faithfully encounter the unknown future without fear. Specific ethical
issues, including the perils and promises of genetically-modified
food, are addressed.