Stanley Hauerwas Presents the Carr Lecture
February 08, 2010
Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at the Divinity School of Duke University, presented the Carr Lecture on February 3 at Mount Union College.
Hauerwas is often identified as an ethicist, but his work is more properly described as theology. His primary intent is to show how theological convictions make no sense unless they are embodied in the lives of people. Hauerwas is among the first to reclaim the importance of character and the virtues for the display of Christian living. He also works in medical ethics, issues of war and peace and the care of the mentally handicapped.
“The mission of the Christian College to the world is to produce Christians that know how to act as Christians,” said Hauerwas. “This is no easy task.”
He explained that learning the language of prayer is a craft that is as difficult as carving stone. However, like stone carving, you can’t teach prayer but only give the fundamentals which will then allow for mastery.
Hauerwas described Christian education as a way of teaching people to carve stone.
“It is the mastering of a discipline, as well as the questioning of character,” he said. “Christians must learn the language of faith if we are to carve one another, but what we say should be no different than what we do.”
Hauerwas has been named “Best Theologian” by TIME Magazine. He has lectured worldwide and was invited to give the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Hauerwas is co-editor with Alasdair MacIntyre on the Revisions Series and the associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Bioethics. He is the author of dozens of publications including Christianity, Democracy and the Radical Ordinary and Cross-Shattered Church: Reclaiming the Theological Heart of Preaching.
The Joseph M. Carr Lectureship was established in 1916 by the terms of the will of Reverend Joseph M. Carr, D.D. a close associate of President Hartshorn in the early days of Mount Union College. The conditions under which the lectureship was given state that the lecture shall always be upon the subject, "The Mission of the Christian College to the World."