The place of faith in the public square is a contested, and contentious, subject.

At a time when some opponents of religion would rather faith remained a private affair - and some believers are tempted to agree - Miroslav Volf offers a different way that he believes can contribute to human flourishing for all people. (Video includes Q&A)


Miroslav Volf is Founding Director of the Yale Centre for Faith and Culture, and the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School. He has written more than 150 editorials and 15 books, including Exclusion and Embrace (1996) and A Public Faith (2011). His upbringing in Croatia as the only Christian in a school of 3,500 was pivotal in the development of his faith. A victim of intense and sustained interrogation by the government of then communist Yugoslavia, much of Volf's work focuses on forgiveness and reconciliation. He maintains that the Christian vision of the world entails the possibility of overcoming the past for both the victim and the perpetrator of wrongs. He has been described as "one of the most celebrated theologians of our day" by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.


Re:CONSIDERING is a series from Acorn Press and the CPX team that invites you to look at what's familiar from an unfamiliar angle; to consider how we consider things, and how to do it better.

Now available - The Pleasures of Pessimism by Natasha Moore, The Cost of Compassion by Tim Costello, The End of Thinking? by Mark Stephens and Achievement Addiction by Justine Toh.

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The Richard Johnson Lecture is an activity ​of the Centre for Public Christianity. The lecture seeks to highlight Christianity's relevance to society and positively contribute to public discourse on key aspects of civil life. For more information and past lectures, click here.