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Book Review: Dispatches from The Front: theological engagements with the secular, by Stanley Hauerwas. Durham, N.C., Duke University Press, 1994. 235 pp

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Black, R, Book Review: Dispatches from The Front: theological engagements with the secular, by Stanley Hauerwas. Durham, N.C., Duke University Press, 1994. 235 pp, Studies in Christian Ethics, 9, (1) pp. 82-86. ISSN 0953-9468 (2002) [Review Single Work]


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Abstract

Dispatches from the front often have the quality of being personal, direct, ground-upwards descriptions of a conflict. They are not the military analyst's careful, objective reports as to how the war might be won by new strategies or the redeployment of forces. Each type of account has its own virtues.

Hauerwas' dispatches come in two collections. The first, under the heading 'Behind the Lines', presents two essays considering the function of narrative and a third which highlights the importance of belonging to a narrative tradition. The second part, 'Engagements', brings together essays on three of Hauerwas' favourite themes: the relationship between Christians and American society; Christians and war; and his analysis of the morality of attitudes toward the handicapped. The whole collection is introduced by an essay in which Hauerwas seeks to locate himself within contemporary discussions and to articulate his purpose in writing.

Item Details

Item Type:Review Single Work
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Religious studies
Research Field:Religion, society and culture
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Religion
Objective Field:Religion and society
UTAS Author:Black, R (Professor Rufus Black)
ID Code:125712
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:Vice-Chancellors Office
Deposited On:2018-05-01
Last Modified:2018-05-01
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