Stanley Hauerwas is a very important thinker round these parts. At Maynooth Community Church many of us are pretty convinced that the writings of this 70-something bricklayer from Texas have a direct relevance to what we’re trying to do. The moral theology of Hauerwas has tended towards spiralling back onto medical ethics again and again. Whether he is talking about people with disabilities, the care for the dying or the topic he is famous for, not using armies to kill people, he is a man who wants Christians to grapple with death.
So I only half in jest propose this uplifting number from William Shatner’s hugely under-rated album Has Been as our anthem for Hauerwas’ medical ethics.
Your Correspondent, Still intends to get out of this life alive.