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The State of the University: Academic Knowledges and the Knowledge of God

The State of the University: Academic Knowledges and the Knowledge of God

Stanley Hauerwas

ISBN: 978-1-405-18143-3

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

232 pages

$41.99

Description

In this book, controversial and world-renowned theologian, Stanley Hauerwas, tackles the issue of theology being sidelined as a necessary discipline in the modern university. It is an attempt to reclaim the knowledge of God as just that – knowledge.

  • Questions why theology is no longer considered a necessary subject in the modern university, and explores the role it should play in the development of our “knowledge”
  • Considers how theology is often excluded from the knowledges of the modern university because these are constituted by an understanding of time necessary to make economic and state realities seem inevitable
  • Argues that it is precisely this difference that makes Christian theology an essential resource for the university to achieve its task - that is, to form people who are able to imagine a different world through critical and disciplined reflection
  • Challenges the domesticated character of much recent theology by suggesting how prayer and the love of the poor are essential practices that should shape the theological task
  • Converses with figures as diverse as Luigi Giussani, David Burrell, Stanley Fish, Wendell Berry, Jeff Stout, Rowan Williams and Sheldon Wolin
  • Published in the new and prestigious Illuminations series.
Preface.

Introduction.

1. Theological Knowledge and the Knowledges of the University: Beginning Explorations.

2. Leaving Ruins: The Gospel and Cultural Formations.

3. How Risky is The Risk of Education: Random Reflections from the American Context.

4. The End of "Religious Pluralism:" A Tribute to David Burrell, C.S.C.

5. The Pathos of the University: The Case of Stanley Fish.

6. What Would a Christian University Look Like?: Some Tentative Answers Inspired by Wendell Berry.

7. Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana: Schooling the Heart in the Heart of Texas.

8. Christians and the So-Called State (We Are In): A Meditation on Loyalty after September 11, 2001.

9. Democratic Time: Lessons Learned from Yoder and Wolin.

10. The State of the Secular: Theology, Prayer, and the University.

11. To Love God, the Poor, and Learning: Lessons Learned from Saint Gregory of Nazianzus.

12. Seminaries Are in Trouble: Chastened Reflections on the Centennial of Bethany Theological Seminary.

13. Ordinary Time: A Tribute to Rowan Williams.

Index

"This book is good news for theologians and a call to resolute labour". (The Journal of SJT, Volume 64/1, 2011)

“This collection of essays represents a significant challenge for all Christians involved in higher education, from presidents and professors to students and constituents. Hauer was passionately demonstrates the need for the Christian community to reclaim the university, not just for job training but as a place to develop a different way of speaking and living in the world.” (Pro Rege, March 2009)

“A first-order theologian turns his sights on one of the most influential institutions in the modern society: the university … Lively reading.” (Books & Culture)

“This collection is sometimes frustrating … and it raises more questions than it answers. Yet it ought to be read widely, and received as a gift to both the Church and the university. For anyone involved in the work of teaching, this book is a perfect invitation to think through questions of what we are doing and why.” (Church Times)

“One feels … invited to ruminate alongside the author ... Truly, food for thought.” (Cresset)


  • Questions why theology is no longer considered a necessary subject in the modern university, and explores the role it should play in the development of our “knowledge”
  • Written by internationally-renowned and controversial theologian, Stanley Hauerwas
  • Considers how theology is often excluded from the knowledges of the modern university because these are constituted by an understanding of time necessary to make economic and state realities seem inevitable
  • Argues that it is precisely this difference that makes Christian theology an essential resource for the university to achieve its task - that is, to form people who are able to imagine a different world through critical and disciplined reflection
  • Challenges the domesticated character of much recent theology by suggesting how prayer and the love of the poor are essential practices that should shape the theological task
  • Converses with figures as diverse as Luigi Giussani, David Burrell, Stanley Fish, Wendell Berry, Jeff Stout, Rowan Williams and Sheldon Wolin
  • Published in the new and prestigious Illuminations series.