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Charles Pinches is professor and chair of the Department of Theology at the University of Scranton. He is the author of Theology and Action and other books, including Christians among the Virtues, written with Stanley Hauerwas. He studied with Hauerwas at the University of Notre Dame, receiving his Ph.D. in theological ethics in 1984. Charles Pinches, Department of Theology, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510,


After introducing the five articles that comprise this focus issue, I consider Hauerwas's claim that he is a theologian without a position. The claim has merit, I hold, since Hauerwas writes in response to what he reads, which is his way of learning it better. Moreover, he writes socially, characteristically soliciting help from his friends. As such, he purposefully makes himself accountable to those he addresses. In his later years this accountability has extended especially to the Church and to the Bible, which helps explain why Hauerwas cares so deeply about his sermons, which he takes to be his most important work.