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Religious Exclusivism and Pluralism as a Political Project

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The 11th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture

Miroslav Volf
Yale Divinity School

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Time: 5:30-7:00PM
Location: Devlin 101, Boston College

Abstract: Increasingly people of diverse religious backgrounds live together under the same political roof. At the same time, many people embrace politically assertive and religiously exclusivist religions. One of the central questions of today is whether and to what extent it is possible for religious exclusivists to embrace pluralism as a political project.

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Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School, and the founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. His books include A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good (2011); Allah: A Christian Response (2011); Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (2006); Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (1996); and After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity (1998). He has been involved in international ecumenical dialogues (for instance, with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) and interfaith dialogues (on the executive board of C-1 World Dialogue), and is an active participant in the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum. A native of Croatia, he regularly teaches and lectures in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, and across North America. Volf earned a B.A. at Evangelical-Theological Faculty, an M.A. at Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. at University of Tübingen.

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Should religious rules should end at the church door? Tensions similar to those in the United States are also erupting in England, where many Catholic adoption agencies have shut down in the wake of new judicial rulings that would have required them to accept homosexual couples as parents. On Wednesday, March 14, Miroslav Volf spoke about pluralism as a political project.