by Zoë Pollock

Mark Vernon reviews Hannah's Child, the memoir of theologian Stanley Hauerwas:

[W]hat I found odd was coming away with little feeling for what it means to be a Hauerwasian Christian - to be Christian as opposed to do Christianity. He confesses that he is not much given to prayer, and that counts for inner reflection too. ... It also means that Christianity comes across not as a spiritual reality - there's little sense of struggle and relationship with Christ or God, which you powerfully get when reading the autobiographies of an Augustine - but rather Christianity is a practical matter, a worldview that delivers policy.

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