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Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 39, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2019

Myles Werntz
Pages 303-318
DOI: 10.5840/jsce2019102314

Broadening the Ecclesiocentric Claim
Possible Futures for Christian Nonviolence

Much discussion surrounding Christian nonviolence in the late twentieth century has centered around the ecclesiocentric version popularized by Stanley Hauerwas. In this essay, I assess the manner in which virtue is connected to internal church practices for Hauerwas, such that displaying nonviolence external to the church risks losing the formative nature of church life. Using examples from contemporary proponents, I argue that when internal church practices, such as prayer, economic sharing, and interpersonal reconciliation are performed publically, they form their practitioners in the virtues which Hauerwas values, but in a way which transposes nonviolence into a public key.

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