Hauerwas, by Nicholas M. Healy

Reading Nicholas Healy’s book on Stanley Hauerwas’s work re­minded me of Karl Barth’s words about what it takes to read a theologian well enough to offer critique. According to John Godsey, Barth warned students reading Friedrich Schleiermacher’s great work The Christian Faith to hold back criticism. “Your first obligation is to read Schleiermacher himself and come to understand him from the inside; only then do you have a right to criticize him.”

 

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