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Exclusion and EmbraceExclusion and Embrace
Miroslav Volf
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Volf masterfully probes the depths of a Christian understanding of reconciliation, spurred, in part, by the experience of ethnic-religious conflict in the Balkans. Weaving together theology, philosophy, as well as the social sciences, what emerges is an invaluable contribution to constructive theology, which finds the answer to exclusion in the cross of Christ. Winner of the 2001 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Volf is Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School.
     

 
Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of GraceFree of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace
Miroslav Volf
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We are at our human best when we give and forgive. But we live in a world in which it makes little sense to do either one.

In our increasingly graceless culture, where can we find the motivation to give? And how do we learn to forgive when forgiving seems counterintuitive or even futile? A deeply personal yet profoundly thoughtful book, Free of Charge explores these questions--and the further questions to which they give rise--in light of God's generosity and Christ's sacrifice for us.

Miroslav Volf draws from popular culture as well as from a wealth of literary and theological sources, weaving his rich reflections around the sturdy frame of Paul's vision of God's grace and Martin Luther's interpretation of that vision. Blending the best of theology and spirituality, he encourages us to echo in our own lives God's generous giving and forgiving.

A fresh examination of two practices at the heart of the Christian faith--giving and forgiving--the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lenten study book for 2006 is at the same time an introduction to Christianity. Even more, it is a compelling invitation to Christian faith as a way of life.
     


 
The End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent WorldThe End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World
Miroslav Volf
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Can one forget atrocities? Should one forgive abusers? Ought we not hope for the final reconciliation of all the wronged and all wrongdoers alike, even if it means spending eternity with perpetrators of evil? We live in an age when it is generally accepted that past wrongs---genocides, terrorist attacks, bald personal injustices---should be constantly remembered. But Miroslav Volf here proposes the radical idea that letting go of such memories---after a certain point and under certain conditions---may actually be the appropriate course of action.

While agreeing with the claim that to remember a wrongdoing is to struggle against it, Volf notes that there are too many ways to remember wrongly, perpetuating the evil committed rather than guarding against it. In this way, "the just sword of memory often severs the very good it seeks to defend." He argues that remembering rightly has implications not only for the individual but also for the wrongdoer and for the larger community.

Volf's personal stories of persecution offer a compelling backdrop for his search for theological resources to make memories a wellspring of healing rather than a source of deepening pain and animosity. Controversial, thoughtful, and incisively reasoned, The End of Memory begins a conversation hard to ignore.

Miroslav Volf is Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theologyat Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut. He is also the author of Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation.
     

 
After Our Likeness, The Church as the Image of the TrinityAfter Our Likeness, The Church as the Image of the Trinity
Miroslav Volf
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In After Our Likeness, the inaugural volume in the Sacra Doctrina series, Miroslav Volf explores the relationship between persons and community in Christian theology. The focus is the community of grace, the Christian church. The point of departure is the thought of the first Baptist, John Smyth, and the notion of church as "gathered community"that he shared with Radical Reformers.

Volf seeks to counter the tendencies toward individualism in Protestant ecclesiology and to suggest a viable understanding of the church in which both person and community are given their proper due. In the process he engages in a sustained and critical ecumenical dialogue with the Catholic and Orthodox ecclesiologies of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger and the metropolitan John Zizioulas. The result is a brilliant ecumenical study that spells out a vision of the church as an image of the triune God.
     


 
The Future of Hope: Christian Tradition amid Modernity and PostmodernityThe Future of Hope: Christian Tradition amid Modernity and Postmodernity
Miroslav Volf & William H. Katerberg, eds.
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In the past few decades, optimism about human progress has given way to uncertainty and fear. Our postmodern culture is characterized in part by the loss of a hope for a future substantially better than the present. In this book scholars representing theology, social science, and the humanities seek to infuse the jaded language of hope with a new vitality. Written by truly eminent thinkers, this volume offers a powerful critique of today's stifling cultural climate and shows why the vision of hope central to Christian faith must be a basic component of any flourishing society. The first part of the book sets the context with cultural criticism of modernity. The second part focuses on affinities between premodern Christian views of hope and twentieth-century thought. The final part examines the relationship between postmodern thought, Christian tradition, and biblical hope. Together, these chapters provide an incisive analysis of Christian faith and the future of hope in our modern and postmodern world.
     

 

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God's Life in TrinityGod's Life in Trinity

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Jurgen Moltmann's distinctive insights in trinitarian theology---especially about the relations within God and God's presence in creation---are revolutionary for theology and set the stage for these further explorations. The esteemed group of contributors in this volume probes new ways of understanding the triune character of God.
     

 
Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian LifePracticing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life
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No useful atlas would ignore where people live---nor should spiritual road maps. In a time when academic theology often neglects the actual customs of Christian communities, Practicing Theology seeks to bridge that gap. Edited by Miroslav Volf and Dorothy Bass, informative essays by 13 first-rate theologians from diverse traditions explore the relationship between Christian theology and practice in the daily lives, ministry, and education of believers. 248 pages, softcover, Eerdmans.
     

 

 
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