Miroslav Volf and the Malfunctioning Church

Miroslav Volf

ChristianityToday.com has posted the latest installment of the Christian Vision Project‘s essays, a stellar one from Miroslav Volf. It fits so well with my recent thinking that I felt the need to pull a few quotes, but the whole article is worth your time. It also speaks to Haggard-like situations, which confuse believers and skeptics alike.

  • “Too often, however, Christian faith neither mends the world nor helps human beings thrive. To the contrary, it seems to shatter things into pieces, to choke what’s new and beautiful before it has chance to take root, to trample underfoot what’s good and true.”
  • “For Christian faith not to be idle in the world, the work of doctors and garbage collectors, business executives and artists, stay-at-home moms or dads and scientists needs to be inserted into God’s story with the world.”
  • “We’re back at the question of character. In addition to applying an authentically understood faith to various spheres of life, we need properly formed persons who resist misusing faith in oppressive ways. For the Christian faith produces devastating results when it devolves into a mere personal or cultural resource for people whose lives, like the life of that Serbian soldier, may be guided by anything but that faith.”
  • “We Christians should be our own most rigorous critics—and be that precisely out of a deep sense of the beauty and goodness of our faith.”

Read the full essay at ChristianityToday.com.

Read (or watch) the Religion & Ethics profile of Volf

Read an interview with Volf about his book Free of Charge


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