Hauerwas has not written a lot on sexual ethics, these texts would hardly make up a booklet if combined, yet he has quite a distinctive perspective. It is not without problems, though. There seems to be a basic tension between his Yoderian insight that the Church is not a community that grows by procreation but by witness and conversion; and his strong emphasis on the moral education of children.
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Stanley Martin Hauerwas [a]  born is an American theologianethicistand public intellectual. Hauerwas was a longtime professor at Duke Universityserving as the Gilbert T. Andrews in Scotland in over forty years.
Hilary Scarsella is a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University, researching the intersection of theology, gender, violence and psychological trauma. She directs the network Our Stories Untold. In a recent articleStanley Hauerwas reflected at length on the extensively documented sexually violent behaviour of Mennonite peace theologian John Howard Yoder, Hauerwas's own evolving response over the years, and how Yoder's work ought to be regarded into the future.
Candor is always to be striven for, but it is especially important for any discussion about sex; in particular, the morality of sex. And candor compels me to say that I cannot provide anything like an adequate ethic to deal with sex. This is, no doubt, partly because of my own moral and intellectual limitations. Current reflection about sexual ethics by Christian ethicists is a mess.
Jump to navigation. Writing largely as a conversation between himself and his deceased mentor and colleague, Hauerwas fails to consider the needs and concerns of the people Yoder abused. I also understand the need for time and space to recalibrate, on personal and professional levels.
E-mail Rod. Last week I was on the phone with an academic who studies family policy, and he mentioned that this new phase of the Sexual Revolution is moving much faster than he anticipated. I thought about that last night when I read the note from the NYC reader who said that her teenage daughter and the girls on her swim team were confronted with a middle-aged man walking out of the shower in the public gym the other day.