Is Stanley Hauerwas the end of socially responsible Christianity?
Stanley Hauerwas was named “America’s best theologian” by Time Magazine in 2001. It’s been a few years, but was he ever America’s best theologian? Or does that category even make sense?
Hauerwas’ most well-known and popular book is Resident Aliens. There he argues that Christians should see themselves as “resident aliens” in a foreign land. Instead of attempting to influence government and society, Christians should live lives that exemplify the love of Christ. The first social task of the church is to be the church (Peaceable Kingdom, loc 235, 2492).