A reflection on Hannah’s Child

Reading Stanley Hauerwas for the first time was a bit like drinking from a new well only to find that the water tastes much the same as the old one. That analogy might almost be a definition of orthodoxy.

I’m going to shrive you

We do not understand the technology of our redemption. Is the sign of the cross any more "magical" than my iPhone? On a psychological level, it is probably less so.
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On the rite of reconciliation

Is absolution conditioned upon the sincerity of the one seeking reconciliation? Are there occasions in which absolution should be withheld?