Echoes of The Word: Theological Ethics As Rhetorical Practice, by Harry Huebner
2005. 264 pages.
"In Huebner's evaluation, much of the theological language spoken today has lost its power to construct a meaningful world. The reason for this is the lack of connection between this language and any community committed to hearing the Word and embodying it in life. Therefore, Huebner insists that Christian theology must be understood as a crucial practice of a church community that reads and lives by a normative Scripture. He insists that this approach to theology will create a world of meaning different from that created by other languages."
- Lydia Neufeld Harder in the Mennonite Quarterly Review
"Although Mennonites are the explicit audience Huebner addresses in the essays and sermons that comprise this wonderful book, it would be a loss to the church if only Mennonites read it. Drawing on extraordinary erudition and an equally well-honed theologica imagination, Huebner does nothing less than exhibit how our world can be read scripturally. Every essay is a jewel and every sermon edifies. It is often said that theology must recover itself as a discipline of wisdom. That task has been accomplished in this collection."
- Stanley J. Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School
"In this important and engaging collection of essays, Huebner continues to elaborate his unique and constructive contribution to a biblical, philosophical, Anabaptist theological ethics that builds up the witness of the church. At once accessible and erudite, pertinent and profound, these essays will challenge and enrich students and professors, pastors and laypeople alike."
- P. Travis Kroeker, Professor of Religious Studies, McMaster University
"Huebner's precise arguments and perceptive insight will assist the Christian community in reflecting with greater clarity on its theological and ethical agenda. In the world of competing imaginations, what is refreshing is the interface between academic thought and the lived experience of Christians grounded in the biblical story."
- Rudy Baergen, Senior Pastor, Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, MB