American Liberalism and the Christian Church: Stanley Hauerwas vs. Martin Luther King Jr

Journal of Religious Ethics 23 (1):119-133 (1995)


In defending his conception of the Christian political witness, Stanley Hauerwas has claimed theological affinity with Martin Luther King Jr. However, despite their shared commitment to non-violence, Hauerwas's claim is unwarranted. Indeed, King 's witness reveals that Hauerwas's conceptualization of American liberalism and of the friction between Christian convictions and the American political system is in both cases overdrawn. I conclude that Hauerwas must either abandon his effort to claim Martin Luther King as a theological ally, or he must reformulate his conception of American liberalism.

Download options


    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,722

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library


Added to PP

15 (#704,106)

6 months
1 (#387,390)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Martin Luther King: Resistance, Nonviolence and Community.C. Anthony Hunt - 2004 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 7 (4):227-251.
Considering Stanley Hauerwas.Charles Pinches - 2012 - Journal of Religious Ethics 40 (2):193-201.
Hauerwas and Political Theology: The Next Generation. [REVIEW]Charles Pinches - 2008 - Journal of Religious Ethics 36 (3):513-542.