Date of Award

Spring 2003

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Hinze, Bradford

Second Advisor

Dabney, D. L.

Third Advisor

Duffey, Michael


The theology of Stanley Hauerwas presents a critical challenge to systematic theology in the contemporary context. He believes that the Christian narrative theology provided by the community of faith is the most appropriate context in which to "do" theology. The "doing" of theology, in such a context is not the academic reflection and thematic construction often associated with systematic theology. Instead, theology is best discovered and discussed as the living of the Christian life. Thus, theology is a discipline of the church. rather than of scholarly pursuit, though certainly scholarship may be included. Ecclesiology, then, becomes central for Hauerwas...



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