”There is no more powerful indication of religion’s superfluity in our culture than Christianity’s acceptance of itself as one ’religion’ among others. It reveals an assumption of the priority of so-called ’faith’ over particular convictions of the Christian faith, e.g., the nature of God, the significance of Jesus, the eschatological fate of the world. As a result, Christianity, both in practice and in its sophisticated theological expression, is reduced to an interpretation of humanity’s need for meaning or some other provocative anthropological claim. I do not mean to deny that every theology involves anthropological claims, yet theology today has become particularly adept at beginning and ending there. More than before we substantiate Feuerbach’s claim that religion is but the projection of mankind’s hopes written large. […]
The essential Christian witness is neither to personal experience, nor to what Christianity means to ’me,’ but to the truth that this world is the creation of a good God who is known through the people of Israel and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
- Hauerwas, Stanley, 1983: The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press. S. 13, 15.