Systematic Baby Steps toward Love

Volf.jpgSo one person characterized Miroslav Volf’s essays and speeches and books, and Volf himself says it all comes from the conviction that God is love. Which means the new collection of one America’s leading theologians, Against the Tide: Love in a Time of Petty Dreams and Persisting Enmities
, is worth the effort of purchasing and reading.

The book gathers together Volf’s many pieces in The Christian Century, but makes available to you and to me — and his many readers — his collected ecclesial essays. Whether it is forgiveness or grace in the face of our enemies, Volf’s essays point to another way, a way against the tide.
I was stunned by his essay on Timothy McVeigh, but that’s just one. The essays are gathered into topics: God and the Self, The Reality of Evil and the Possibility of Hope, Family Matters, Church, Mission and Other Faiths, Culture and Politics, Giving and Forgiving, Hope and Reconciliation, and Perspective.
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  • Volf is a genius. Exclusion and Embrace was one of those books that “changed the game” theologically for me. I’ll be buying this collection and reading it with enthusiasm. Thanks for the rec Scot.

  • Mine will arrive tomorrow. I have always bumped up against Volf in my reading, just never sat down to read him direct. I am looking forward to it.

  • Jeremy

    I think I just got giddy. I didn’t know he’d put out a new book. Thanks!
    Like Andrew, Exclusion and Embrace really reframed things for me. It REALLY challenged my way of thinking. It was one of those “oh…” books that pulled the curtain back a bit. If he touches on McVeigh, I’m guessing he’s going to challenge me again.

  • Volf’s Giving and Forgiving was excellent. Though I disagreed with him at some finer points (see my review here), he gives us much to ponder regarding God’s gracious character in granting forgiveness.