Lecture Series

Stanley Hauerwas

Becoming Human: Theological Exercises in a Barthian Vein

February 4-6, 2020 @ 5PM

Hosted by University Baptist Church

Lectures begin at 5:00 PM. There will be time for questions at 6:00 PM, and a reception will follow.

February 4, 2019: The Christian Message in the World Today

February 5, 2019: The Christian Message, The Work of Theology, and the New Humanism

February 6, 2019: Christianity and Civil Society 

All lectures are FREE and open to the public.

Professor Hauerwas has sought to recover the significance of the virtues for understanding the nature of the Christian life. This search has led him to emphasize the importance of the church, as well as narrative for understanding Christian existence. His work cuts across disciplinary lines as he is in conversation with systematic theology, philosophical theology and ethics, political theory, as well as the philosophy of social science and medical ethics. He was named “America’s Best Theologian” by Time magazine in 2001. Dr. Hauerwas, who holds a joint appointment in Duke Law School, delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectureship at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 2001.

His book, A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic, was selected as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the 20th century. Dr. Hauerwas recently authored The Work of Theology (Eerdmans, 2015), Hannah’s Child: A Theological Memoir, 2nd Ed. (Eerdmans, 2012), and War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity ( Baker Academic Press, 2011).

Upcoming lectures:

March 24-26, 2020 Remi Brague (Professor emeritus of Arabic and religious philosophy) – Paris/Sorbonne
Spring 2021 Sir Michael Edwards (Honorary Fellow at Christ’s College Cambridge, member if the Academie francaise and poet)
Fall 2021 Marla Frederick (Professor of African and African American Studies and of Religion) – Harvard University
Spring 2022 Sarah Beckwith (Katherine Everett Gilbert Professor of English) – Duke University

Fall 2022 Miroslav Volf  (Henry B. Wright Professor of Systemic Theology, and Founding Director, Yale Center for Faith & Culture)
Past Lectures:
Paul Fiddes (March 20-22, 2018)
David Tracy (September 17-19, 2019)
R. Marie Griffith (February 26-28, 2019)
Volumes are forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press