The Society of Christian Ethics has announced that Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, has been awarded the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award, which was presented Jan. 7, recognizes outstanding, sustained, and substantive contributions made by the recipient that have advanced the field of Christian ethics. The assessment of these contributions takes into consideration the following factors: the quality and quantity of the recipient's publications, scholarship that defines the issues Christian ethicists must address, influence within the field of Christian ethics as manifested in the work of the recipient's students, and influence of the recipient's scholarship in promoting the importance and relevance of Christian ethics for audiences beyond the discipline itself and beyond the academy.
According to the Society of Christian Ethics: "Hauerwas has sought to recover the significance of the virtues for understanding the nature of the Christian life. This search has led him to emphasize the importance of the church, as well as narrative for understanding Christian existence. His work cuts across disciplinary lines as he is in conversation with systematic theology, philosophical theology and ethics, political theory, as well as the philosophy of social science and medical ethics."
Hauerwas holds a joint appointment in Duke Law School and was named "America’s Best Theologian" by Time magazine in 2001. He delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 2001, which were published in his book With the Grain of the Universe.