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Hauerwas, Stanley (b. 1940)

  1. Bruce Riley Ashford

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0637

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Ashford, B. R. 2011. Hauerwas, Stanley (b. 1940). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Stanley Hauerwas, theologian and ethicist, born July 24, 1940 in Pleasant Grove, Texas, is one of the most prominent theologians at the turn of the 21st century. He is often identified, along with George Lindbeck and Hans Frei, as a postliberal theologian and is best known for his revival of virtue theory in ethics, his nonfoundational theology, and for his stance of “Christian nonviolence.” The publication of A Community of Character (1981) pushed him to the forefront of American theology, while the torrent of essays and books that followed has secured his prominence in the field. Among the more noted and influential books are The Peaceable Kingdom, Resident Aliens, and With the Grain of the Universe.


  • hauerwas, stanley (b. 1940);
  • theologian and ethicist;
  • revival of virtue theory in ethics;
  • nonfoundational theological ethic, notions of vision, character;
  • liberalism, for hauerwas, distorts character of christian virtue