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The question of what makes life worth living is more vital now than ever. In today's pluralistic, postsecular world, universal values are dismissed as mere matters of private opinion, and the question of what constitutes flourishing life--for ourselves, our neighbors, and the planet as a whole--is neglected in our universities, our churches, and our culture at large. Altho ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Brazos Press
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Robert D. Cornwall
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To many theology is a rather irrelevant and esoteric exercise with no real world application. As one who is trained as a theologian (historical theology), I would beg to differ. Despite my protests, I expect most would continue with prior assumptions. Miroslav Volf and Matthew Croasmun have written a powerful response to those who suggest that theology has little to offer the modern world. In doing so, they recognize that the study of theology is a moment of deep crisis. Seminaries are in declin ...more
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This is an excellent book that accomplishes what it set out to do--which is to take a step toward a "theology of flourishing life."

The authors argue that the fundamental human question is, "What is the true, good, or flourishing life?" They point out that present-day Christian theologians have neglected this question, and this has contributed to a crisis in theology. As it stands today, theology and theologians are irrelevant to most Christians (both clergy and laity). If academic theologians b
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Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and the founding director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. “One of the most celebrated theologians of our time,” (Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury), Volf is a leading expert on religion and conflict. His recent books include Against the Tide: Love in a Time of Petty Dreams and Persisting Enmities, ...more
“Many ministers are more the church’s institutional managers than its theological guides; correspondingly, many read more management (“leadership”) books than they do works of academic theology.” 0 likes
“it is hard for theology to persist when it has forgotten its purpose: to critically discern, articulate, and commend visions of the true life in light of the person, life, and teachings of Jesus Christ.” 0 likes
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