Even Stanley Hauerwas’s friends have their criticisms of his work. Richard Hays wonders why he so rarely pays close attention to the specific words of scripture. Robert Jenson asks why he so infrequently deals with particular Christian doctrines. And nearly everyone wonders whether the church of a self-proclaimed “high-church Mennonite” could have more than one member. United Methodists object that he has promised to be loyal to their church with his “prayers, his presence, his gifts and his service,” yet he now worships with the Episcopalians.
These would seem to be fatal criticisms. How can someone so concerned about specific Christian practices avoid exegesis, doctrine and ecclesial particularity?