One audience member asked how America could combat the threat of violence from Islamic countries.
The threat of violence comes from ignorance of the Islamic religions, which are based on principles of peace and forgiveness, Hauerwas said.
Hauerwas' work focuses on philosophical theology and ethics, political theory, as well as the philosophy of social science. He was named "America's Best Theologian" by Time magazine in 2001. The lecture was sponsored by the Herchiel and Elizabeth Sims fund at the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.
The purpose of the fund is to promote discussion around the meaning of the national motto, "In God We Trust."
An audience member asked if the statement were true that war would not exist without religion. Hauerwas agreed with that statement.
"The problem is that we have to have confidence that God is going to show up in people who are different than us," he said.
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