Is despair a sin? Are we trying to make "the world work?" Stanley Hauerwas on the church becoming leaner and meaner.


  1. According to Hauerwas “despair is a sin.” How are Christians “committed to hope”?
  2. How do we often try to “make the world” work? How does letting go of this commitment mean freedom for us to live a life of hope? 
  3. For Hauerwas, “Christendom” is a type of control over the world. How can we learn to live without the control that we often want?

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