TIME FOR LOVE: The Place of Marriage and Children in the Thought of Stanley Hauerwas


Gilbert Meilaender is Duesenberg Professor in Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University. Gilbert Meilaender, Valparaiso University, Huegli Hall, 1409 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso, IN 46383, Gilbert.Meilaender@valpo.edu


In essays written throughout his career, Stanley Hauerwas has unfolded a Christian vision of the marriage bond and the presence of children that seeks insistently to place these seemingly natural bonds within the new family of God that is the church. I examine his understanding, aiming to appreciate the Christian vision displayed while also suggesting that his emphasis on the new thing God does in the church is sometimes allowed to absorb and thereby lose the distinctive significance of the created bonds of marriage and family.