How could you not love Stanley Hauerwas?

July 3, 2011

While browsing around the interwebs today, I stumbled upon this interview, which includes this perfect riposte.

WORLD: Richard John Neuhaus argued that you have “provided a generation of theology students with a way of thinking and feeling counterculturally that is respectable within the thoroughly liberal academy.” Why is your countercultural position warmly celebrated by academic and media culture?

HAUERWAS: I wish I knew who Richard John Neuhaus was describing when he suggests that my position is respectable within the liberal academy. Where is the evidence for that? Implied in his description is a very negative judgment about my influence, suggesting that I give people a feeling of being countercultural without there being any cost. There are costs. If I didn’t have the views I do I might have been as successful as Richard John Neuhaus.

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