by Miroslav Volf
Allah: A Christian Response. "I wanted the truth, not politically expedient or ideologically 'correct' positions. And, a follower of Christ as I was, I wanted the truth seen with the eyes of inviting and reconciling love, not the truth born of cold indifference or simmering hatred." - Volf, from the introduction
Captive to the Word of God: Engaging the Scriptures for Contemporary Theological Reflection. “I read the Bible as a sacred text and a witness to Jesus Christ; a site of God’s self-revelation; a text from the past through which God addresses all humanity and each human being today; a text that has an overarching unity yet is internally teaming with rich diversity; a text that encodes meanings and refracts them in multiple ways; a text we should approach with trust and critical judgment as well as engage with receptivity and imagination; a text that defines Christian identity yet speaks to people beyond the boundaries of Christian communities.”— Volf, from the introduction
Against the Tide: Love in a Time of Petty Dreams and Persisting Enmities. In this compendium of articles published in The Christian Century from 1996 to 2008 Miroslav Volf points away from the pettiness and selfishness so prominent in our culture and toward the love that Christians are called to exemplify.
A Common Word: Muslims and Christians on Loving God and Neighbor (Edited by Miroslav Volf, Prince Ghazi Bin Talal Bin Muhammad, and Melissa Yarrington). This remarkable collection details the proceedings of the 2008 Yale Common Word conference, with scholarship from Center scholars Miroslav Volf and Joseph Cumming. This book, which includes the "Common Word" letter and the "Yale Response" annonted by the authors along with standout papers from the conference, is a great resource for scholars and practitioners alike who want to familiarize themselves with a Common Word.
Spiritual Enterprise: Doing Virtuous Business. In this book Ted Malloch explores the possibility of doing virtuous business, a concept that has slowly disappeared from our public consciousness. Malloch argues that the creation of wealth by virtuous means is the most important thing that we can do for ourselves and our world at large, while documenting virtuous business models that have made many of the brightest corporations in America more successful than ever.
The End of Memory— Remembering Rightly in a Violent World. Can one forget atrocities? Should one forgive abusers? Ought we not hope for the final reconcilation 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 contantly 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.
Free of Charge— Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace. We are at our human best when we give and forgive, Miroslav Volf writes. 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.