In the Aftermath, edited by James Taylor

Stanley Hauerwas does not believe that the people who died on September 11 "deserved" their deaths for the sins of greedy, capitalistic America. He does not think that we should see in that horrible event the direct hand of God. He believes, rather, that as Christians we have been lazy in our thinking and teaching. We have not helped each other to name how our lives are caught in modes of living in what St. Augustine identified with the City of Man at the time of the fall of Rome. "We have allowed God to be relegated to the realm of the 'personal,'" he says. ''As a result, we have no way to narrate America in the way Augustine narrated Rome."

In other words, we are not yet ready to develop an adequate theological understanding of what happened in New York on that fateful morning a year ago.


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