25 thoughts on “A Rude Question

  1. I think there tends to be hostility towards similar schools of thought but usually for somewhat different reasons.

  2. The cynic in me feels like it simply illustrates that when it comes to blogospheric success your positive project is less important than who you choose to critique, but that’s not really fair.

  3. The one on place – against localism – which as we know is one of the key doctrines of AUFS, alongside the similar opposition to anti-civ beliefs, distrubutism and anti-technological thinking. There are more, but I can’t remember – I think one was seeing ‘liberalism’ (which we are I think all opposed to) as the root of all evil pace Hauerwas.

  4. Ha. Very good. I was certainly thinking of how I have been influenced by AUFS. The trajectory is pretty clear. Relative indifference – Uncritical defensiveness – Significant appreciation. My posts and thinking have been greatly affected by the work here.
    I have thought of writing a very different ‘open letter’ but for the life of cannot conceive of how it will not be lame anyway . . . so better left unwritten.
    Since my blog does not really register I suspect no one cares but I would not be surprised if Halden has also been significantly influenced on some level by AUFS so why not see if he wants to express it as much, that was all.
    For what it is worth I now make many statements broadly in keeping with themes at AUFS that I would have likely argued against at one point in the not so distant past.
    Thus is the influence of AUFS!

  5. We’re glad to have had an influence.

    Is Halden out there? Maybe we should ask him — though it’s plausible that he’s shifted over time due to AUFS-related people participating so often in his comments.

  6. I read both blogs, and I think that’s probably reading too much into it. All of the recent stuff (narrative theology, territorial definitions of the church) follow a quite natural trajectory out of his (and my own) Hauerwasian past. A lot of it may overlap with AUFS interests, but I think biographically it makes more sense that it stems from his long time love of Yoder (now Kerr-boosted) becoming more articulate.

  7. If you are speaking of Dan Barber…I think he is an up and coming theologian to watch for. I’m waiting for a book.

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