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Witnessing Whiteness$
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Kristopher Norris

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190055813

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190055813.001.0001

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Witnessing White Theology

Witnessing White Theology

(p.63) 3 Witnessing White Theology
Witnessing Whiteness

Kristopher Norris

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 analyzes the ways that white theology neglects race and white supremacy as topics of ethical engagement. The chapter presents the influential postliberal, witness theology of Stanley Hauerwas as an example of a theology that fuels colorblindness through its avoidance of race. This chapter argues that Hauerwas and many white theologians are indebted to the concept of tradition and a limited account of narrative that have been influenced by whiteness. This theological model hinders the ability of white theologians to see the effects of whiteness in their work. This chapter then identifies resources within Hauerwas’s work that are useful in confronting whiteness, even if Hauerwas has not deployed them to this end.

Keywords:   postliberalism, tradition, Stanley Hauerwas, Alasdair MacIntyre, story, narrative

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