Our Bloody Altar

War and the American Difference
Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity
Stanley Hauerwas
Baker Academic, $19.99, 208 pp.

Throughout an academic career of more than forty years, Stanley Hauerwas has been a lively commentator on Catholic ethics and ethicists. The results of this engagement are complex and controversial. From one angle, Hauerwas can come across as sharply critical, if not dismissive. For example, he has sharply questioned the coherence of “natural law” approaches to ethics, and he suspects that talk of “human rights,” so important in Catholic social teaching, betrays a...

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William Werpehowski teaches theology at Villanova University.

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