Is Stanley Hauerwas really retiring? He has stepped down from his post at Duke Divinity School. But a man of his energy will surely write and speak more in various venues. Happily, we have not seen the last of him.

But there will never be another like him. His piety-free personality guarantees that. Hauerwas is known for his (sometimes salty) humor and his zest for a good argument. He is endlessly epigrammatic and loud and clever. If they were going to make a movie of his life, Hauerwas would have to do his own stunts.

More substantially, Hauerwas has contributed vitally and prolifically to North American theology. He has been a main player in considering the virtues theologically. He was an early interrogator of narrative theology.