Becoming church

A visit to the Ekklesia Project

For many years Stanley Hauerwas has been attempting to return the church to the center of Christian theological and ethical reflection. He argues that “liberal” and “conservative” voices in the church tend to mimic the groups that share those labels in the wider political culture. He also maintains that on ethical issues Christians have too often made the nation, rather than the church, their chief focus of concern. Hauerwas insists the first task of the church is to be a people, an ecclesia, called out from the world (the root meaning of ek-klesia), whose task is not first to change the world but to form a people who live in accordance with the nonviolent way of Jesus.

 

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