‘America’s best theologian,’ subject of academic journal to be in Birmingham

Stanley Hauerwas

Stanley Hauerwas

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (TAB) — Stanley Hauerwas, who was named “America’s Best Theologian” by Time magazine in 2001, will be speaking in Birmingham this weekend, just months after a Judson College professor’s work on Hauerwas was published in a journal of theology.

Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Row emeritus professor of divinity and law at Duke University where he mentored Judson’s Scott Bullard and Campbell University’s Cameron Jorgenson, the co-editors of and contributors to the February issue of Review & Expositor titled “Hauerwas Among the Baptists.” Bullard is vice president and academic dean as well as associate professor of religious studies at Judson.

Scott Bullard

Scott Bullard

In the journal’s introduction, Bullard and Jorgenson reflect on Hauerwas’ influence on academic and ecclesial theology, calling him “one of the era’s great lights” in the story of theology. The theologian’s ideas and works have influenced countless seminary and divinity school students over the past 25 years, even preparing Bullard for his current position at Judson.

“In addition to learning theology from Hauerwas, I learned by watching the way in which he mentored students. The feedback he offered students on their work was astonishing in terms of quantity and quality,” Bullard said.

“Hauerwas Among the Baptists” featured 12 contributors, one of which was Hauerwas himself.

Because of the positive reactions to the journal issue, Bullard and Jorgenson are considering expanding this collection into a book.

Hauerwas will be speaking at St. Mary’s-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church, Birmingham, on July 19 at the 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. services. Child care will be available and all services are open to the public.

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