General in a small army: Hauerwas battles for pacifism (Hauerwas profile, 2003)

“William Cavanaugh, a friend and fellow theologian, has this to say about Hauerwas’ tough nature: “Indeed, of all the great Christian pacifists over the centuries–Hippolytus, Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther King–Stanley Hauerwas is the one I would want on my side in a bar fight.” Hauerwas himself says one reason he so loudly proclaims his non-violent ethic is that others might keep him from killing someone”

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‘America’s best theologian’ walks pacifist road (Hauerwas, 2003)

“I say I’m a pacifist because I’m a violent son of a bitch. I’m a Texan. I can feel it in every bone I’ve got. And I hate the language of pacifism because it’s too passive,” he says. “But by avowing it, I create expectations in others that hopefully will help me live faithfully to what I know is true but that I have no confidence in my own ability to live it at all”.

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