Miroslav Volf, a Century editor at large, teaches at Yale Divinity School and is the author of Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World (Yale University Press).
A Christian’s delight in things
If the world is a gift, then all the things to which you relate—and many to which you don't—are also God's relation to you.
We ask students a question about each tradition: If it were right about what makes life worth living, how would your life have to change?
We should respect people with whom we disagree. Should we also respect their convictions, even when these comprise an overarching interpretation of life with which we fundamentally disagree?
We are right to feel a sense of relief that a major source of evil has been removed. But we should reflect also on the flip side of that relief: the nature of our fears.
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