November 21, 2010

Thumbs Up For Stanley Hauerwas

In 1995, Stanley Hauerwas wrote a sermon about the disconnect between Protestants and Catholics.  Stanley was Protestant at the time, and I believe he still is.  That's what makes this sermon a surprise and a delight.  After all, it is not often that we hear Protestants in support of the Catholic Church.

Stanley Hauerwas on Reformation Sunday - Excerpt
Reformation names the disunity in which we currently stand. We who remain in the Protestant tradition want to say that Reformation was a success. But when we make Reformation a success, it only ends up killing us. After all, the very name ‘Protestantism’ is meant to denote a reform movement of protest within the Church Catholic. When Protestantism becomes an end in itself, which it certainly has through the mainstream denominations in America, it becomes anathema. If we no longer have broken hearts at the church’s division, then we cannot help but unfaithfully celebrate Reformation Sunday.

To read the entire sermon, click here.
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