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REMEMBERING HOW AND WHAT I THINK: A Response to the JRE Articles on Hauerwas


Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at the Divinity School of Duke University. His most recent book is War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity (Baker, 2011). His first contribution to the JRE was in its premier issue; his most recent contribution to the JRE was in issue 31.3. Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School, Box 90968, Durham, NC 27708,


In this essay Stanley Hauerwas reflects on his life's work by responding to the critical contributions found in the essays of this volume. Rather than trying to defend a “position,” Hauerwas takes this opportunity to offer further insight into how he sees his work to be driven by theology, insofar as his ethical reflection cannot be extricated from Christological considerations. It is this Christological center that allows him to avoid making a false separation between the person and work of Jesus Christ. For Hauerwas, only in maintaining its Christological center can Christian “ethics” be understood in continuity with the practices of the church, including the practice of Christian speech. Without this continuity, “ethics” fails to be theological.