Miroslav Volf coming to the Vrije Universiteit on November 9

The Faculty of Religion and Theology and the Amsterdam Centre for the study of Lived Religion have invited the renown theologian Miroslav Volf to the faculty for a consecutive seminar on Friday the 9th of November.

10/23/2018 | 9:14 AM

Miroslav Volf TekstWith his lecture that is titled “Vision and Transformation: Pursuing Life Worth Living at Pluralistic Universities” Volf addresses the political, social and cultural dimensions of the good life at a pluralistic university such as the Vrije Universiteit. Questioning what is the good life for all and what and how we contribute? Students are invited to participate in this unique seminar that will be moderated by Srdjan Sremac, assistant professor at the Faculty of Religion and Theology. This meeting offers all participants the opportunity to engage in a conversation with one of the most relevant and influential public theologians of our time.

Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Volf has served as an advisor for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships and for several years co-taught a course at Yale with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on globalization. He is a frequent commentator on religious and cultural issues in popular media outlets such as CNN, NPR, and Al Jazeera and his 1996 book Exclusion and Embrace was named by Christianity Today as one of the 100 Most Influential Books of the Twentieth Century. Volf was educated in his native Croatia, the United States, and Germany, earning doctoral and post-doctoral degrees (with highest honours) from the University of Tübingen, Germany. 

His most significant books include Exclusion and Embrace (1996), winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, and one of Christianity Today’s 100 most important religious books of the 20th century; Allah: A Christian Response (2011), on whether Muslims and Christians have a common God; A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good (2011); and Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World (2016). His next book, For the Life of the World: Theology that Makes a Difference, co-authored with Matthew Croasmun, will be released this fall. 

Previous to the seminar in 3D Volf will participate in an expert meeting lunch with scholars from the Faculty of Religion and Theology, Philosophy, Political Science and others. On Saturday the tenth of November Miroslav Volf will be attending the Geestdrift Festival in Utrecht (www.geestdriftfestival.nl) where he will give a public lectures on Religion in a Globalized World and a second on the topic of God and Abuse. 

In order to attend the seminar at the Vrije Universiteit on Friday 9 November, please register, simply by sending an email to the following email-address: c.r.van.holland@vu.nl. The seminar will start at 14:00 hours until 16: 00 and will be held at the 3D, the new debate centre of the Vrije Universiteit. Directions can ben found here: https://vunet.login.vu.nl/services/pages/practicalinformation.aspx?cid=tcm%3a164-895980-16