Stanley Hauerwas is a once in a generation mind. He has a dual appointment at Duke Law & Duke Divinity School. He has said on many occasions that the true enemy of the Christian faith is not atheism, but sentimentality. He’s a brilliant provocateur whose talents are on full display in this clip. Here, as always, Hauerwas is trying to get Christians to believe that their faith should matter in a deeper way than most Americans have the imagination for. That the teachings of Jesus on subjects like war and violence, or materialism and greed are so blatantly ignored by most American Christians has produced a form of Christianity which is much more notable for its sentimentality than its radicality. This sort of move requires some sort of shocking rhetoric, and as always the venerable Stanley Hauerwas does not disappoint!
Stanley Hauerwas on Sentimentality
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Tim Suttle is the senior pastor of RedemptionChurchkc.com. He is the author of several books including his most recent - Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (Zondervan 2014), Public Jesus (The House Studio, 2012), & An Evangelical Social Gospel? (Cascade, 2011). Tim's work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and other magazines and journals.
Tim is also the founder and front-man of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul, with whom he toured for nearly a decade. The band's most recent album is "Straight Back to Kansas." He helped to plant three thriving churches over the past 13 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kan. Tim's blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.