Hauerwas on The Enemy of Christian Discipleship


Stanley-Hauerwas_by-Lydia-HalldorfThe moral threat is not consumerism or materialism. Such characterizations of the enemy we face as Christians are far too superficial and moralistic. The problem is not just that we have become consumers of our own lives, but that we can conceive of no alternative narrative since we lack any practices that could make such a narrative intelligible. Put differently, the project of modernity was to produce people who believe they should have no story except the story they choose when they have no story. Such a story is called the story of freedom and is assumed to be irreversibly institutionalized economically as market capitalism and politically as democracy. That story and the institutions that embody it is the enemy we must attack through Christian preaching.

Stanley Hauerwas, “Preaching As Though We Had Enemies,” First Things May 1995.

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2 comments on “Hauerwas on The Enemy of Christian Discipleship

  1. Stan LeQuire says:

    Good stuff. Reminds me of a quote from one of my heroes, Kalle Lasn who is the founder of Adbusters: “It is a measure of the depth of our consumer trance that the death of the planet is not sufficient to break it.”

  2. jmw says:

    damn straight. hence the urgent need for disciplined practices that make space for the Spirit of God to stab our imaginations awake. —> http://jeremiahcommunity.ca/our-rhythm-of-life/

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